Jason Bright has upset the leading contenders by qualifying fastest for tomorrow’s top 10 shootout for the Bathurst 1000.

He grabbed the top spot ahead of pre-race favourites Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup in this afternoon’s qualifying session at Mount

Isobel Roe reports.

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In morning practise, Craig Lowndes stunned onlookers, breaking Greg Murphy’s long-standing lap record finishing in just over two minutes.

However, Jason Richards’ Holden Commodore careered into a tyre wall midway through the session, writing him out of today’s races.

Seconds later, Jamie Whincup collected Richards in the sharp turn, leaving his car with just hours to be roadworthy for the final qualifying event.

A race against time that he WON as he took his place on the qualifying grid.

Police are confident that crowds will behave this year with half the number of police in attendance at the increasingly family friendly event.

Vox 1: “The speed, yeah, it’s only my second time here.”

Vox 2: “Great race, great to be here.”

But tradition stands. Every adult is allowed one case of beer per day.

One hundred and eighty thousand Holden and Ford fans are expected to attend this weekend – although not all fans are sure who they’re backing.

Vox 3: “I’m not really sure, both of them really.”

Isobel Roe, QUT News.