Garth Tander gave Holden Racing Team its first V8 Supercars pole position since Barbagallo in May as he topped qualifying for the season finale in Sydney.
In what was by far HRT's strongest qualifying performance of 2012, Tander beat Ford Performance Racing's Will Davison to pole, while the resurgent James Courtney put the second factory Holden third.
Champion Jamie Whincup will start back in 24th, having lost his best qualifying time when he caused one of the session's three red flags by spinning into Turn 7 and knocking the tire stack into the road. Mechnical problems for Russell Ingall and Karl Reindler prompted the other stoppages.
Jonathon Webb qualified fourth in the Tekno Holden, ahead of Saturday race-winner Craig Lowndes and his rival for the championship runner-up spot Mark Winterbottom.
Race one polesitter Tim Slade was eighth this time.