Fisher takes remarkable, last-gasp TCM Bathurst pole
ANDREW FISHER has stunned the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters establishment by taking pole position for Round 5 of the series at Mount Panorama.
The Jesus Racing Holden Torana driver ended up on top at the end of a dramatic qualifying session that saw the entire field given one final flying lap, on a drying circuit, following a red flag.
The resulting rush saw several cars jump to the top of the pops before Fisher’s 2m18.2213s flyer did the job to secure the top spot.
He ended up besting six-time champion John Bowe by two-tenths to secure his first career Gulf Western Oil Pole Award.
The Whiteline Racing pair of Adam Bressington and George Miedecke qualified third and fourth, respectively, with nephew Jamie out qualifying uncle Cameron Tilley in fifth and sixth.
Ben Dunn was an outstanding seventh in his Chevy Monza while Jim Pollicina was eighth, just ahead of Danny Buzadzic.
Crucially, championship leader Ryan Hansford was only tenth aboard his Multispares Torana.
He did not return to the circuit following the red flag and though he was quickest at the time, he had to watch as nine cars bettered his existing benchmark set on a much wetter circuit.
While he will likely gain ground for the jumbled-grid Trophy Race, he will start from the fifth row for the first of three championship races on Saturday.
The action this weekend will be broadcast live on Stan Sport on Saturday and Sunday, with a free 7-day trial an opportunity for TCM fans to catch the action free this weekend.
Saturday’s races commence at 1:55pm (Trophy Race) and 5:00pm (Race 1) Australian Eastern Daylight Time.