Qualifying for the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will mark the 40th time the shootout determines the polesitter for the Great Race.
To celebrate the milestone, V8X Supercar Magazine issue #94 looks back at the evolution of the shootout and the highs and lows from the dash for pole position.
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It's man and machine versus the mountain in the shootout for pole position at Bathurst, a compelling drama that's an important fabric of the Great Race.
With the pressure of the spotlight shining on them, the 10 fastest qualifiers shot for pole in a make or break one-lap dash. Even the greats such as Peter Brock and Dick Johnson have come unstuck in the shootout, highlighting the pressure associated with the qualifying format.
It may have all began in 1978, but there have been some anomalies over the years that leave us on 40 shootouts for pole some 38 years later.
Firstly, there was no official shootout for pole in 1988. As the race was a round of the short-lived Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship and run under the FIA regulations, the shootout was held for prizemoney only ($40,000, no less!) and did not go towards setting the grid.
This allowed for some shenanigans amongst the competing drivers, such as Allan Grice going down the escape road at Murray's Corner on his warm-up lap to get a better top speed on the home straight at the start of his timed lap.
Secondly, much to the chagrin of hardcore V8 fans, the two Super Touring Bathurst 1000 are counted in the Great Race record books with both featuring a shootout.
That leaves on 39 shootouts heading into 2016, though there have been some varying versions of the format over the years.
We look back at those formats along with the great and not-so great qualifying efforts over the course of those 39 shootouts.
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