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Ferrari on pole for tomorrow's Bathurst 12 Hour race

RED DEVIL: Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 piloted by flying Finn Toni Vilander goes fastest in the Top 10 Shootout at Mount Panorama
RED DEVIL: Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 piloted by flying Finn Toni Vilander goes fastest in the Top 10 Shootout at Mount Panorama Iain Curry

A FERRARI 488 GT3 will start on pole position at tomorrow's Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race at Mount Panorama.

In scorching temperatures the Ferrari was fastest in the hands of Finn racer Toni Vilander, who will share the car with multiple Supercars champions Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

Vilander lapped the citcuit in 2m 02.861s, edging out Chaz Mostert in his Castrol MARC Cars Australia BMW M6 GT3 who lapped in 2m 03.055s.

Another BMW starts from third place, the M6 GT3 driven to third place in the Top Ten shootout by Marco Wittman.

Vilander's co-driver Craig Lowndes was delighted with the result, as the Ferrari saw off strong challenges from Mercedes-AMG, McLaren, Nissan, Porsche, Audi and Bentley in the race for pole.

Mercedes-AMG GT3 during Bathurst 12 Hour qualifying.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 during Bathurst 12 Hour qualifying. Iain Curry

"That was pretty intense, it's a hot day and looking at the times we thought the track might have gone off but Toni did a great job. He knows the car so well and Jamie (Whincup) and I are trying to support him as well as we car," Lowndes said.

"The first session went well, the second was tight, and Toni pulled something out at the end. We've done stage one, now we have to do stage two."

The Bathurst 12 Hour begins in the dark tomorrow (Sunday) at 5.45am (AEST), with live streaming available from the Bathurst 12 Hour website.

BMW M6 GT3 at Bathurst 12 Hour qualifying
BMW M6 GT3 at Bathurst 12 Hour qualifying Iain Curry

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