Cameron Waters will start the day’s opening qualifying race from pole position after Chaz Mostert set the fastest time in qualifying.
Mostert continued his recent qualifying supremacy by proving able to rise to the challenge set down by team-mate Mark Winterbottom.
Drivers completed three runs on new tyres throughout the 20 minutes, which was run under threatening skies that ultimately failed to impact track conditions.
Winterbottom held sway after the first runs with 1:09.18s before Mostert moved ahead on the second set of tyres with consecutive quick times that resulted in a 1:08.90s best.
The final flurry then saw Mostert put in what would prove an unbeatable 1:08.72s, with Winterbottom securing second by improving his best to 1:08.90s.
“It was pretty hooked up out there but we were still struggling with the balance,” said Mostert.
“I think it’s better as a race car than a qualifying car, but now it’s up to Cameron before we get in for the second race.”
Jamie Whincup and an impressive Lee Holdsworth secured third and fourth for their respective co-drivers Paul Dumbrell and Sebastien Bourdais.
David Reynolds, Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen, Scott Pye, Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander completed the top 10.
Tim Slade and Jack Perkins ensured three of the four Walkinshaw cars will start the opening 60km heat in consecutive positions.
Andre Heimgartner meanwhile failed to come near his highly fancied Prodrive team-mates after brake problems left the Super Black entry in 23rd.
The co-driver race will kick-off at 1400 local time, which in turn sets the grid for the primary driver heat that locks in the starting order for Sunday’s 500.
Result: V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500 Qualifying
|1||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:08.7165|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:08.9069||00.1904|
|3||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.0185||00.3020|
|4||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.0200||00.3035|
|5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.0642||00.3477|
|6||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.1058||00.3893|
|7||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.1132||00.3967|
|8||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.1221||00.4056|
|9||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:09.1817||00.4652|
|10||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.3031||00.5866|
|11||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.3413||00.6248|
|12||Holden Racing Team||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4082||00.6917|
|13||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4159||00.6994|
|14||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4266||00.7101|
|15||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4444||00.7279|
|16||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4692||00.7527|
|17||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:09.5031||00.7866|
|18||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:09.5071||00.7906|
|19||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:09.5268||00.8103|
|20||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:09.6198||00.9033|
|21||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:09.6530||00.9365|
|22||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:09.6947||00.9782|
|23||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.7550||01.0385|
|24||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:09.7579||01.0414|
|25||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.7858||01.0693|