Multiple V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup set the pace in a closely-fought qualifying session at Bathurst.
The Triple Eight 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 team-mate 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 Triple Eight's wildcard entry ahead of more experienced team-mate 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