Macauley Jones is now an Armor All Pole-sitter in Super2 having finished a quarter of a second clear of the field in qualifying for Race 1 in Townsville.
He will start the first 21-lap race of the weekend alongside last start pole-sitter Thomas Randle, while former series winners Garry Jacobson and Paul Dumbrell qualified on Row 2.
Jones sat second after the first runs but was bundled back as far as 12th as the field rolled out on new tyres for the conclusion of the quarter-hour session.
He responded by driving the #14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore to a 1:13.8324s with two minutes remaining.
The 23-year-old was fastest to the first and second sectors next time around and although he ultimately didn’t improve, it mattered not.
“It’s been a big goal for me this year to try and get a pole position; it’s something we’ve struggled with in the past,” said Jones, who had not qualified on the front row before.
“So to come here, one of my favourite tracks, I’m really excited about that. I’m pumped.”
Randle had been fastest prior to Jones’ rise but earns a third straight front row start in the #5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon.
He was 0.0520s faster than Jacobson (#26 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima), with Dumbrell (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) 0.1965s further back.
Row 3 will be Alex Rullo (#62 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) and Shae Davies (#67 Paul Morris Motorsport FGX Falcon), followed on Row 4 by Adam Marjoram (#15 Image Racing VF Commodore) and Chris Pither (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore).
Jack Smith qualified ninth-fastest with the left-front guard hanging off the #21 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore.
Kurt Kostecki was top at the halfway mark but didn’t improve in his second run and ended up 10th in the #55 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore.
Barbagallo race and round winner Dean Fiore (#23 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) was 13th and will file up next to Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore).
Dunlop Super2 Series Race 1 starts this afternoon at 1450 local time/AEST.
Results: Armor All Qualifying
|1||14||Payce||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:13.8324|
|2||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:14.0975||0:00.2651|
|3||26||MEGA Fuels / MWM||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1:14.1495||0:00.3171|
|4||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.3460||0:00.5136|
|5||62||Land Surveys / MWM||Alex Rullo||Nissan Altima||1:14.3835||0:00.5511|
|6||67||Paul Morris Motorsport||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:14.4675||0:00.6351|
|7||15||Auto One Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.4922||0:00.6598|
|8||44||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.5024||0:00.6700|
|9||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.5165||0:00.6841|
|10||55||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.5355||0:00.7031|
|11||57||Arcoplate Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.5414||0:00.7090|
|12||56||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.5524||0:00.7200|
|13||23||Sitech-Trimble / MWM||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||1:14.5612||0:00.7288|
|14||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.6762||0:00.8438|
|15||8||BGD Architects||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.7375||0:00.9051|
|16||16||Middy’s Electrical||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.7398||0:00.9074|
|17||18||Auto One Albury||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.7981||0:00.9657|
|18||99||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.9348||0:01.1024|
|19||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.9841||0:01.1517|
|20||63||Eggleston Motorsport||Dominic Storey||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.3061||0:01.4737|
|21||49||Dynamic Supplies||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.4355||0:01.6031|
|22||10||Grove Hire||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.6815||0:01.8491|
|23||50||Sherriff Electrical Racing||Gerard McLeod||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.9461||0:02.1137|