HOW HAS THE BATHURST 1000 PROVISIONAL POLE WINNER FARED?

Will Brown took provisional pole position for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. Pic: Nathan Wong

WILL Brown is now the youngest driver to take provisional pole at the Repco Bathurst 1000 after topping Friday qualifying for Erebus Motorsport.

Provisional pole is usually forgotten the moment the Top 10 Shootout concludes, with history instead recording the driver that claims the honour of starting from pole position on race day.

But how many have converted Friday glory to pole on Sunday?

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History is not on the 23-year-old Toowoomban’s side.

This year marks the 43rd time that the Bathurst 1000 has featured a qualifying session/Shootout format; the fastest driver in qualifying has only gone on to win pole position 15 times.

The most recent time it happened was in 2017, when Scott McLaughlin topped Friday qualifying then delivered the first ‘three’ in a touring car around Mount Panorama the following day to secure the prime grid position for the race.

Klaus Ludwig was the first rookie to take pole position for the Bathurst 1000 in 1987; he’d taken provisional pole, too. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

Others to achieve the feat are Jamie Whincup (2013, 2016), Mark Skaife (1991, 2006), Glenn Seton (1994, 1996), Peter Brock (1979, 1983), Allan Grice (1982), Klaus Ludwig (1987), Larry Perkins (1993), Greg Murphy (2003), Craig Lowndes (2005) and Mark Winterbottom (2007).

A further 10 drivers have at least landed themselves a front-row start: Dick Johnson (1980, 1981, 1989), Brock (1984), Grice (1986), Seton (2001), John Bowe (2002), Winterbottom (2008) and Whincup (2012, 2018).

Allan Grice held provisional pole heading into Hardie’s Heroes in 1986. Pic: an1images.com / Dale Rodgers

Most of them have at least been able to retain a spot in the top five, with just five drivers slipping into the bottom half of the order.

While race day didn’t improve the fortunes for Seton (1999) and Fabian Coulthard (2015), the other three provisional polesitters had very enjoyable Sundays.

John Goss (1985), Geoff Brabham (1997 2L) and Garth Tander (2011) fell down to sixth, sixth and ninth respectively in their respective Shootouts, but all went on to win the race.

Geoff Brabham took provisional pole for the 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 and went on to win the race with brother David. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

That trio are among 15 drivers who converted provisional pole to the race victory, regardless of where they finished in the Shootout.

The hat-trick of provisional pole, pole position and the race victory has been achieved just five times.

Brock (1979, 1983), Skaife (1991) and Perkins (1993) all completed the treble, while Murphy was the most recent driver to do so in 2003.

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Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.