Jamie Whincup survived a one lap shootout at the end of the second qualifying race to secure pole position for the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
A crash for Andre Heimgartner and Jack Perkins set-up the single lap sprint to the flag, which saw Whincup hold off the advances of eventual second place finisher Mark Winterbottom.
Whincup had started from pole, bumping fellow front-row starter Winterbottom wide after locking up on the way into Turn 1.
The Red Bull Holden driver held the lead for the remainder of the 20 laps, despite heavy pressure from the chasing Fords of Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert.
In the end, Winterbottom ran wide at Turn 1 on the restart, ending his hopes of a late attack for the win.
The mistake allowed Chaz Mostert to move to the outside into Turn 2 but, after side-to-side contact with Winterbottom, the #6 Falcon ran through the grass and had to settle for third.
Shane van Gisbergen and David Reynolds were also in the train behind Whincup throughout the race on the way to fourth and fifth respectively.
Tim Slade, Lee Holdsworth, Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard and Nick Percat completed the top 10, with Scott Pye in 11th position.
The hardest luck story was Perkins, who ran sixth early before being punted wide at Turn 9 by Craig Lowndes, who soon received a drive-through penalty.
A brake problem for Andre Heimgartner later sent the Super Black Ford into a spin at Turn 6, resulting in heavy contact with Perkins who had no way to avoid the out of control Kiwi.
Result: V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500 Qualifying Race 2
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:35.3103|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||24:36.1160|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||24:36.4648|
|4||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:37.1103|
|5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||24:37.4740|
|6||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:37.6642|
|7||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:38.1888|
|8||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||20||24:38.6087|
|9||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:38.7853|
|10||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:39.2298|
|11||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||24:39.7108|
|12||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:40.0485|
|13||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:40.6715|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||20||24:41.0339|
|15||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:41.4174|
|16||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||20||24:42.0299|
|17||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:43.1941|
|18||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||20||24:43.9586|
|19||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||20||24:44.2296|
|20||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||20||24:44.3915|
|21||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||20||24:44.5810|
|22||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||20||24:45.0234|
|23||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||20||24:45.9966|
|DNF||Holden Racing Team||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||18||21:49.7020|
|DNF||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||16||19:04.7671|