Igor Fraga has claimed pole position for the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy race at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.
Having claimed the Race 1 win on Saturday, Fraga continued that pace into the second qualifying session to set the grid for Race 3.
Once again it was the M2 Competition boys who set the pace, largely unchallenged by the rest of the field.
Castrol Toyota Racing Series points leader Liam Lawson threatened to go under the 61-second marker early on with a 61.138 around the six-turn circuit.
Instead, it was Fraga who was first to go under the benchmark with a 60.885. Lawson edged ahead slightly on a 60.869, then a 60.806.
The time continued to tumble as Fraga and Lawson traded times. Fraga fired out a 60.747 then Lawson went ahead on his last lap with a 60.717, but as the checkered flag came out, Fraga capped off the session on a 60.696 to seal pole position.
“When I saw the time on my dashboard, I thought ‘ok’ it’s going to be very close,”Fraga said after the 15-minute session.
“I feel very comfortable, the car was very consistent as well. I was able to start to push and get the times lower.
“Thinking about the championship has gradually been growing. I’m trying to keep the consistency and be strong for the rest of the championship.”
Elsewhere, Gregoire Saucy led the Kiwi Motorsport charge in third followed by MTEC Motorsport by R-ace GP duo Pter Ptacek and Caio Collet.
Yuki Tsunoda of M2 Competition was sixth, Jackson Walls seventh, Franco Colapinto eighth, Oliver Rasmussen ninth and Lirim Zendeli the last of the top 10 runners.
Teretona Park race winner Emilien Denner was just outside the top 10, half a second away from pole position.
Race 2 of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series gets underway at 11:10 am with Race 3 at 3:15 pm local time.