Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin grabs provisional pole position after record-breaking practice lap

Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin grabs provisional pole position after record-breaking practice lap

Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin grabs provisional pole position after record-breaking practice lap

Updated 6 October 2017, 18:05 AEDT

Supercars series leader Scott McLaughlin could not quite match his record-breaking practice run, but still topped qualifying to claim provisional pole position at the Bathurst 1000.

Supercars series leader Scott McLaughlin has grabbed provisional pole position for Sunday's Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

Ford gun McLaughlin fell short of another record but still clocked a blistering 2:04.22 seconds to top qualifying on Friday.

He was just 0.08 of a second shy of his scorching practice effort on Friday morning — the fastest ever lap by a Supercar at Mount Panorama.

McLaughlin nabbed provisional pole ahead of Holden's David Reynolds (2:04.47) and Ford's Chaz Mostert (2:04.53).

Top-10 grid positions for will be determined by Saturday's flying lap shootout from 5:10pm (AEDT)

In final practice before qualifying, McLaughlin stunned the Bathurst faithful.

His practice lap effort of 2:04.14 smashed Holden great Jamie Whincup's 2015 mark by 0.76 of a second.

McLaughlin failed to live up to his promise to go faster in qualifying but is still the man to beat.

Saturday's shootout will be missing some big names.

Main threat to McLaughlin's series lead, four-time Bathurst champion Jamie Whincup, finished 11th fastest to miss out.

Six-time champion Craig Lowndes will start back on the grid at 19th.

And defending Bathurst champion Will Davison will start in 16th.

The 40-minute qualifying session was without drama until only seconds remained when Holden's James Moffat found the wall at The Dipper, ensuring the session ended under a red flag.

AAP