Retiring Supercars legend Jamie Whincup will not take part in the Bathurst 1000 top-10 shootout on Saturday after a dramatic first qualifying session at Mount Panorama.
- Whincup was 11th in Friday’s qualifying session
- It is just the fourth time he has finished outside the top-10 in qualifying
- Will Brown topped qualifying ahead of Anton De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert
Holden young gun Will Brown — who won his maiden Supercars race in Sydney last month — snatched provisional pole after pipping Anton De Pasquale (Ford) and Chaz Mostert (Holden) in qualifying.
The top three all produced scorching best laps in a quick session on Friday.
But Holden’s Whincup will not take part in Saturday’s top-10 shootout after finishing 11th, with Tim Slade knocking the four-time Bathurst 1000 winner out of contention in the dying stages.
It is just the fourth time the seven-time Supercars champion has finished outside the top 10 in qualifying for the Bathurst 1000 during his glittering career.
Sunday’s race will be Whincup’s farewell as a full-time driver before he moves into team management with Triple Eight.
Whincup is again teamed up with fellow Supercars great Craig Lowndes, with the pair famously claiming a Bathurst 1000 three-peat between 2006 and 2008.
“It won’t change our approach, we’ll still continue to do what we do,” Whincup said after Friday’s qualifying session.
“We’ve got a quick race car so we’ll see what Sunday throws at us.”
Whincup and fellow former winner David Reynolds (19th) were the only big names who failed to qualify for the 161-lap race inside the top 10.
Brown has marked himself as a rising star in recent weeks and this will be his first Bathurst 1000 as the main driver.