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Top 10 Shootout cancelled due to excess rainfall

Severe rain in Bathurst has forced the cancellation of the Top 10 Shootout as Cameron Waters will start tomorrow’s main event from pole position after being fastest in qualifying yesterday evening.

The weather arrived midway through the second Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series race for the weekend and continued to worsen forcing the cancellation of Race 2 for Paynter Dixon Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in addition to Dunlop Super2.

An inspection by officials at 4:30pm resulted in Supercars race director James Taylor reading a statement confirming the cancellation of the session, the first time this has occurred since the Shootout was introduced in 1978.

“Race Control has advised that the Supercars Top 10 Shootout has been cancelled due to extreme weather, leaving the track in an unsafe condition for competition,” said Taylor.

“Stewards are currently determining grid position for tomorrow’s Bathurst 1000.”

In turn, the Monster Energy Racing Mustang Waters will share with James Moffat starts from pole alongside the Lee Holdsworth/Matt Payne Penrite Racing making it an all-Ford front-row.

Reigning event winner Chaz Mostert partnered by Fabian Coulthard starts from third in the lead Walkinshaw Andretti United ZB Commodore, while Richie Stanaway and Greg Murphy’s Boost Mobile Wildcard shares the second row.

Shell V-Power Racing Team’s lead entry of brothers Will and Alex Davison is fifth, with Nick Percat completing the third row partnered by the experienced Warren Luff in the second WAU ZB Commodore.

Following a penalty as a result of contact with Macauley Jones during qualifying, Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander’s Red Bull Ampol Racing Team entry is placed seventh, alongside veteran James Courtney partnered by Zane Goddard.

The two Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus ZB Commodores fill out the top 10, with Brodie Kostecki and David Russell’s entry just ahead of Will Brown, who will share with the experienced Jack Perkins.

A final systems check for teams will occur with the traditional morning warm up at 8:00am lasting 20-minutes before the Repco Bathurst 1000 begins at 11:15am.