Greasy, hot conditions at Bathurst today saw teams struggling with grip during qualifying but Jason Bright recovered from a big slide to finish third fastest.
The Team BOC driver locked up on one of his first flying laps and says the mistake hampered his confidence for the rest of the session.
His fastest time, a 2:08.2184, was 0.2s off Jamie Whincup's provisional pole with everyone's times much slower than in previous years thanks to the hot conditions.
Tomorrow will see one final practice session before the top ten shoot-out at 5pm, in which Bright will be the eighth car out.
"It was harder work than I thought. I didn't do a good job of it at all. I had a lock up and it cost us for the rest of the session because I was tentative going into The Chase from then on.
"Early on it was obvious that everyone was having a bit of a handful this weekend and it just shows how good the teams are that we've got down to the times we're doing now. At the moment a low 2:08s lap feels just as exciting as a low 2:07s did a couple of years ago I can assure you!
"I'm happy with where our strengths are and what that means for the race. I think we've got as good a chance as any other year if not better. Our race pace should be good enough for the top three but we need to be in a position at the end of the day to do that."
2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - V8 Supercars - Race 29
MOUNT PANORAMA - BATHURST
V8 SUPERCARS ? Qualifying
01 Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Australia, 2:08.0054
02 Mark Winterbottom, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford+0.0558
03 Jason Bright, Team BOC, +0.2130
04 James Courtney, Holden Racing Team, +0.2422
05 Shane Van Gisbergen, TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods, +0.2770
06 Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, +0.3988
07 Will Davison, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford, +0.4397
08 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O FPR Ford, +0.4421
09 Scott McLaughlin, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.5738
10 Alexandre Premat, Fujitsu Racing GRM, +0.5846
Published: 11 October 2013.