Multiple V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup set the pace in a closely fought qualifying session at Bathurst. The Triple 8 Holden driver headed the times in the session deciding who will make the top 10 shoot-out on Saturday.
FPR's Mark Winterbottom was second fastest from Brad Jones Racing's Jason Bright.
Former champion James Courtney was fourth fastest, but his HRT teammate Garth Tander was bumped to 11th in the closing seconds of the session and will not be in the fight for pole.
Shane van Gisbergen was fifth fastest ahead of the second Triple 8 car of Craig Lowndes.
Will Davison was eighth, David Reynolds ninth, while former DTM racer Alex Premat did a great job to get his Garry Rogers Holden into the top 10.
Having got the nod to qualify the Xbox One Triple 8 car ahead of more experienced teammate Andy Priaulx, former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom ran in the top 10 for much of the session, but was bumped down to 18th during the fraught final minutes.
Pos Qual Driver Team/Car Time Gap
1. Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 2m08.0054s
2. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 2m08.0612s +0.0558s
3. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 2m08.2184s +0.2130s
4. James Courtney HRT Holden 2m08.2476s +0.2422s
5. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden 2m08.2824s +0.2770s
6. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 2m08.4042s +0.3988s
7. Will Davison FPR Ford 2m08.4451s +0.4397s
8. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 2m08.4475s +0.4421s
9. Scott McLaughlin Garry Rogers Holden 2m08.5792s +0.5738s
10. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden 2m08.5900s +0.5846s
11. Garth Tander HRT Holden 2m08.6376s +0.6322s
12. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes 2m08.7156s +0.7102s
13. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 2m08.8677s +0.8623s
14. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 2m08.8696s +0.8642s
15. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden 2m08.8834s +0.8780s
16. Steven Johnson Erebus Mercedes 2m08.9303s +0.9249s
17. Michael Caruso Nissan 2m08.9320s +0.9266s
18. Mattias Ekstrom Triple Eight Holden 2m09.0000s +0.9946s
19. James Moffat Nissan 2m09.1029s +1.0975s
20. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 2m09.1358s +1.1304s
21. Tim Blanchard Dick Johnson Ford 2m09.1912s +1.1858s
22. Scott Pye Dumbrell Holden 2m09.3431s +1.3377s
23. Todd Kelly Nissan 2m09.3458s +1.3404s
24. Rick Kelly Nissan 2m09.4861s +1.4807s
25. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 2m09.5935s +1.5881s
26. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford 2m09.6668s +1.6614s
27. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden 2m09.6968s +1.6914s