Ford Performance Racing's Will Davison set the fastest time in qualifying for the first V8 Supercars endurance race of the 2012 season at Sandown.
Under this year's format, the grid for Sunday's 500-kilometre main event will be set by the results of the second qualifying race later on Saturday.
Saturday morning's 20-minute qualifying session set the starting order for the first qualifying heat, in which the teams' endurance co-drivers will compete.
The result of that race forms the grid for the second heat, contested by the regular V8 drivers. The grid for the main event is produced from the heat two finishing order.
In a close-fought qualifying session, Davison edged out the resurgent Holden Racing Team Commodore of Garth Tander to take pole by 0.0072 seconds.
Tander's late lap demoted Stone Brothers Ford driver Shane van Gisbergen from the front row.
Triple Eight's highest-placed qualifier was Craig Lowndes in fourth. His championship-leading team-mate Jamie Whincup could only salvage 10th after a mistake on his penultimate flying lap.
Whincup's main title rival Mark Winterbottom qualified sixth for FPR.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap
1. Will Davison FPR Ford 1m09.3670s
2. Garth Tander HRT Holden 1m09.3742s + 0.0072s
3. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford 1m09.4483s + 0.0813s
4. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 1m09.4619s + 0.0949s
5. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 1m09.4835s + 0.1165s
6. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 1m09.5427s + 0.1757s
7. Steve Owen Paul Morris/DJR Ford 1m09.5715s + 0.2045s
8. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 1m09.6576s + 0.2906s
9. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 1m09.6804s + 0.3134s
10. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 1m09.7159s + 0.3489s
11. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford 1m09.7183s + 0.3513s
12. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden 1m09.7497s + 0.3827s
13. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford 1m09.7856s + 0.4186s
14. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 1m09.8002s + 0.4332s
15. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden 1m09.8774s + 0.5104s
16. James Courtney HRT Holden 1m09.8783s + 0.5113s
17. Dean Fiore Triple F/DJR Ford 1m09.9049s + 0.5379s
18. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford 1m09.9206s + 0.5536s
19. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford 1m09.9365s + 0.5695s
20. Lee Holdsworth Stone Brothers Ford 1m09.9369s + 0.5699s
21. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 1m10.0063s + 0.6393s
22. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 1m10.0147s + 0.6477s
23. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden 1m10.0906s + 0.7236s
24. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 1m10.1432s + 0.7762s
25. Michael Patrizi Tekno Holden 1m10.4180s + 1.0510s
26. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden 1m10.5162s + 1.1492s
27. Karl Reindler Kelly Holden 1m10.6428s + 1.2758s
28. Taz Douglas Dumbrell Holden 1m10.7274s + 1.3604s