Rick Kelly broke a near four-year pole drought by coming out on top in qualifying for Race 14 at Hidden Valley Raceway.
The Nissan driver blitzed the soft tyre session after a promising seventh in Race 13 qualifying, run on hard tyres.
In a mirror image of his rival’s results, James Courtney scored the Armor All Pole Award for Race 13 before dropping to seventh for the second heat.
Race 13 Qualifying
James Courtney denied Chaz Mostert a fifth straight pole position by edging out his Ford rival in the first session.
Courtney’s best time of 1:07.12s was set with 30s remaining in the 10 minute session.
Mostert had set the benchmark of 1:07.15s on his first lap before narrowly failing to improve the next time by.
“We really struggled with the car yesterday,” said Courtney post-session. “We had a bit of a find overnight and the car was quite good this morning so it was good to back it up then.”
Jamie Whincup sat 14th after his first lap before improving to third on his second.
Fabian Coulthard improved from seventh to fourth after the flag, demoting Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom to fifth and sixth respectively.
The Nissans of Rick Kelly and James Moffat filled seventh and eighth ahead of Craig Lowndes and Tim Slade.
Friday pace-setter David Reynolds could manage just 12th, albeit less than 0.3s from pole position.
Race 14 Qualifying
Rick Kelly won the Race 14 pole with a record setting 1:06.29s as his Nissan revelled on the soft compound tyre.
The former champion, who had not scored a pole since Sandown, 2011, proved just 0.01s quicker than a subsequent effort from Coulthard.
The duo demoted Mostert to third ahead of van Gisbergen, Lowndes, Michael Caruso, Courtney, Slade, Scott Pye and Winterbottom.
While drivers enjoyed two-lap runs on the hards in the earlier session, the softer compound was only good enough for one fast time.
Whincup was one of few to improve on his second lap but could still do no better than 17th.
“I tell you what we didn’t expect pole here at Darwin,” beamed Kelly, who had gone 120 races without a pole position.
“I’m really excited about… that we really had to guess what grip the soft tyre was going to offer.
“It really is a sport that relies on momentum to get results so hopefully we are feeling that now.
“It’s a real credit to the guys to get us to this point.”
Reynolds meanwhile found no more joy on the soft tyres to end up 13th, this time 0.43s from the top spot.
Result: V8 Supercars Qualifying Race 13, Hidden Valley
|1||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.11|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.14||0.02|
|3||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.17||0.05|
|4||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.17||0.05|
|5||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.21||0.09|
|6||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.22||0.10|
|7||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:07.22||0.10|
|8||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:07.28||0.16|
|9||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.32||0.20|
|10||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.33||0.21|
|11||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.35||0.23|
|12||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.36||0.24|
|13||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.41||0.29|
|14||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:07.46||0.34|
|15||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.48||0.36|
|16||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.49||0.37|
|17||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.52||0.40|
|18||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:07.53||0.41|
|19||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:07.63||0.51|
|20||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:07.66||0.54|
|21||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:07.80||0.68|
|22||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:08.03||0.91|
|23||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:08.06||0.95|
|24||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:08.41||1.29|
|25||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:08.69||1.57|
Result: V8 Supercars Qualifying Race 14, Hidden Valley
|1||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:06.29|
|2||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.30||0.01|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.42||0.13|
|4||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.50||0.21|
|5||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.55||0.26|
|6||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:06.61||0.32|
|7||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.63||0.34|
|8||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.63||0.34|
|9||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.66||0.36|
|10||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.66||0.37|
|11||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:06.68||0.39|
|12||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:06.70||0.41|
|13||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.72||0.43|
|14||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.73||0.44|
|15||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:06.75||0.46|
|16||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:06.76||0.47|
|17||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.77||0.48|
|18||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.79||0.50|
|19||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:06.95||0.65|
|20||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.05||0.75|
|21||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:07.05||0.75|
|22||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.38||1.09|
|23||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:07.41||1.12|
|24||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:07.57||1.28|
|25||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:07.76||1.47|