Shane van Gisbergen has claimed provisional pole position for the first race of the Adelaide 500 while Red Bull Holden team-mate Jamie Whincup suffered a heavy crash in an eventful qualifying session.
Van Gisbergen fired in a 1:20.24s on his final lap of the session which was enough to pip Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin by a narrow 0.0010s.
The session finished in dramatic fashion as Whincup found the wall at Turn 8 just moments after van Gisbergen had jumped to the top of the timing screens.
Whincup ran wide at the fast sweeper causing significant damage to the left side of his ZB Commodore with his corresponding rear wheel coming loose.
Officials elected to deploy the red flags seconds after the chequered flag flew.
The decision saw the reigning champion lose his fastest time which dropped Whincup from seventh to ninth.
The full grid will be determined by a Top 10 Shootout on Saturday.
Meanwhile, James Courtney secured an impressive third in the Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore with Tickford Racing’s Mark Winterbottom in fourth.
David Reynolds claimed fifth in the #9 Erebus Motorsport Holden while Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat was sixth.
Milwaukee Racing’s impressive start to the season continued with Will Davison seventh ahead of Preston Hire Racing’s Lee Holdsworth.
The top 10 was completed by the Nissan Motorsport Altima of Rick Kelly.
Chaz Mostert could only manage 12th in his Tickford Racing Ford, while team-mate Richie Stanaway was the top rookie in 16th.
Amazingly the team sent Cameron Waters out in a repaired Falcon having predicted that the car would miss the reminder of the day following a big crash in Practice 2.
He ended the session in 19th position.
“Awesome team effort, I’m so proud of it,” said Waters.
“The guys at Tickford and everyone have put in to get this car back out there. I thought my day was finished, but managed to get back out which is absolutely awesome work.
“The car wasn’t perfect, the steering was out and didn’t have the right springs and stuff in it, but we got out there and that last lap before the red came out almost got me in the (top) 10.”
Craig Lowndes was left in 15th spot while the sister Shell Ford of Fabian Coulthard was 18th fastest.
Jack Le Brocq will start from the back of the grid after his fastest time was deleted for causing a red flag with nine minutes remaining on the clock.
Red flags flew due to debris left on the circuit at the high-speed Turn 8.
Supercars will return for a 20 minute practice session on Saturday before a top 10 shootout at 1155 local time.
Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 1
|1||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.2467|
|2||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.2477||0:00.0010|
|3||25||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.2538||0:00.0071|
|4||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.2968||0:00.0501|
|5||9||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.4195||0:00.1728|
|6||8||Blackwoods Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.4523||0:00.2056|
|7||230||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.4882||0:00.2415|
|8||18||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.4910||0:00.2443|
|9||1||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.5111||0:00.2644|
|10||15||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:20.5181||0:00.2714|
|11||7||Nissan Motorsport||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1:20.5604||0:00.3137|
|12||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.5935||0:00.3468|
|13||2||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.6566||0:00.4099|
|14||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.7325||0:00.4858|
|15||888||Autobarn Lowndes Racing||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.7331||0:00.4864|
|16||56||Tickford Racing||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.8020||0:00.5553|
|17||33||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.8094||0:00.5627|
|18||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.8532||0:00.6065|
|19||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.8872||0:00.6405|
|20||23||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:20.9099||0:00.6632|
|21||99||Erebus Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:21.1342||0:00.8875|
|22||21||CoolDrive Racing||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:21.1451||0:00.8984|
|23||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:21.2577||0:01.0110|
|24||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:21.5070||0:01.2603|
|25||34||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1:21.7529||0:01.5062|
|26||19||Tekno Autosports||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1:22.8170||0:02.5703|
Top 10 provisional; Shootout tomorrow