Cameron Waters has claimed the Armor All pole position for Sunday’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 after taking victory in the second Race to the Grid heat.
The former Dunlop Super2 Series winner made the most of a stellar start from third to take control of the race in the #6 Prodrive Ford, which he is sharing with Kiwi Richie Stanaway.
Waters was shadowed throughout by championship leader Scott McLaughlin in the #17 Shell Ford.
However, the Monster Energy backed driver held his nerve to take the race win and claim his second career Supercars pole.
McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat will start alongside the Ford after finishing second, while the David Reynolds/Luke Youlden Erebus Motorsport entry secured third.
Waters produced a stunning getaway from the line that allowed him to dive down the inside of David Reynolds and Scott McLaughlin to take the lead at Turn 1.
Jamie Whincup moved up to fourth ahead of Fabian Coulthard, while Dale Wood jumped up to sixth from ninth on the grid.
Meanwhile, smoke began to pour from Craig Lowndes’ Triple Eight Holden which eventually resulted in a retirement on lap 6 due to a power steering issue.
The top four remained unchanged despite McLaughlin offering a strong challenge in the DJR Team Penske Falcon.
A hard charging Jamie Whincup finished fourth to claim a second row starting berth for the #88 Red Holden, that he will drive alongside Paul Dumbrell.
Whincup tried to pass Reynolds on the final lap but was unable to make the move stick.
After dropping to eighth, Chaz Mostert produced an impressive recovery drive to claim fifth and a place on the third row for he and Steve Owen.
Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto (#12 Shell V-Power Racing) will start sixth ahead of the Dale Wood/Chris Pither Erebus Holden.
Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Garth Tander came home in eighth ahead of Mark Winterbottom (Prodrive) and Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing).
Title contender Shane van Gisbergen will start Sunday’s race from 19th on the grid in the #97 Red Bull Holden.
Meanwhile, Jason Bright was unable to take the start in his #56 Prodrive Falcon after a starter motor problem.
The entry returned to the fray two laps into the race before going on to finish in 23rd spot.
Tekno Autosports’ entry for Will Davison and Jonathon Webb was absent from the grid along with the #4 Brad Jones Racing Holden for Tim Blanchard and Todd Hazelwood, following a huge crash in the earlier co-driver race.
The Supercars field will return for a 20 minute warm-up on Sunday at 0940 AEST, ahead of the showpiece Sandown 500 at 1315.
Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Wilson Security Sandown 500 Race to the Grid 2
|1||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||19||22:01.9137|
|2||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||19||22:02.3344|
|3||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:03.3094|
|4||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:03.7734|
|5||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||19||22:07.4566|
|6||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||19||22:08.7038|
|7||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:09.7386|
|8||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:10.5215|
|9||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||19||22:11.2200|
|10||Mongrel Boots Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:14.0036|
|11||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||19||22:14.7869|
|12||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:15.1024|
|13||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||19||22:17.1743|
|14||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:17.5305|
|15||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:18.3748|
|16||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:18.9707|
|17||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:19.2891|
|18||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||19||22:19.7167|
|19||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:20.6046|
|20||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:26.7329|
|21||Repair Management Aust Racing||Alex Rullo||Holden Commodore VF||19||22:31.3867|
|22||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||19||22:33.4409|
|23||MEGA Racing||Jason Bright||Ford Falcon FG/X||17||22:55.9012|
|DNF||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||5||5:55.1457|