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Ford beats Holden in all-time Bathurst 1000 pole fight

THE cancellation of Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout at the Repco Bathurst 1000 proved an anti-climactic way to decide an all-time Great Race battle.

Tickford Racing’s Cam Waters was awarded pole position for the 2022 race based on Friday qualifying times thanks to heavy rain washing away the one-at-a-time session.

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That marked a 26th Great Race pole position for Ford, leaving it two clear of arch-rival Holden which bows out of Bathurst 1000 competition after today.

Chaz Mostert’s pole position for Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2021 had drawn Holden within reach of tying the Blue Oval in the final count.

The pole position battle stretches back to 1967. Prior to that the grid was lined up by classes with the most expensive (and theoretically fastest) class at the front.

Ford scored six of the first seven pole positions from 1967 and have ended with a run of three of the last four, all achieved by Tickford Racing.

Other brands to record Bathurst poles are Nissan (3), Chevrolet (2), Jaguar, Nissan and Volvo (1 each), with Chevrolet to rejoin the fight next year.

While Ford has won the Bathurst pole war, the race win tally is a different story – Holden leading Ford 35 to 20 ahead of today’s race.

The 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 is set to get underway at 11:15am local time.

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