Jamie Whincup and Sebastien Bourdais will start from pole for the first of this weekend's Surfers Paradise V8 Supercar races.
The V8 regulars took charge of the cars for this morning's qualifying sessions, and while Whincup delivered a lap of 1m11.7184s to take pole in the top 10 shoot-out, his Triple Eight Holden team-mate and title rival Craig Lowndes was caught out by rain in the first part of qualifying and was left in 15th on the grid.
The shower struck a few minutes into the session, penalising anyone who did not get a good lap in early - and Lowndes had been delayed by an ignition problem. The points leader shares his car with three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx this weekend.
Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander, who has IndyCar's Ryan Briscoe alongside him for Surfers, came closest to deposing Whincup in the shootout, missing pole by 0.015sec. Will Davison held provisional pole for Ford Performance Racing before Whincup's lap, and will start third with Mika Salo as his co-driver.
Paul Morris Holden driver Steve Owen took a strong fourth, ahead of Alex Davison (Stone Brothers Ford) and James Moffat (Dick Johnson Ford).
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap
1. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 1m11.7184s
2. Garth Tander HRT Holden 1m11.7199s + 0.0015s
3. Will Davison FPR Ford 1m12.0516s + 0.3332s
4. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden 1m12.0756s + 0.3572s
5. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford 1m12.2168s + 0.4984s
6. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford 1m12.2169s + 0.4985s
7. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden 1m12.2625s + 0.5441s
8. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden 1m12.4015s + 0.6831s
9. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford 1m12.4293s + 0.7109s
10. James Courtney HRT Holden 1m12.5161s + 0.7977s
11. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden 1m12.4327s (Qual one)
12. David Reynolds Kelly Holden 1m12.4927s (Qual one)
13. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden 1m12.5084s (Qual one)
14. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden 1m12.5576s (Qual one)
15. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 1m12.6454s (Qual one)
16. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford 1m12.8150s (Qual one)
17. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 1m12.8154s (Qual one)
18. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden 1m12.9056s (Qual one)
19. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden 1m12.9841s (Qual one)
20. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford 1m13.0016s (Qual one)
21. Karl Reindler Britek Holden 1m13.4378s (Qual one)
22. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 1m13.5354s (Qual one)
23. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford 1m13.5363s (Qual one)
24. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford 1m13.5540s (Qual one)
25. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford 1m13.6604s (Qual one)
26. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden 1m13.8961s (Qual one)
27. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford 1m14.0163s (Qual one)
28. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 1m17.0165s (Qual one)