Chaz Mostert has surged to pole position for race three of the Repco Supercars Championship in Sandown.
Meanwhile, championship leader Shane van Gisbergen made a blunder on his best lap in Q2, leaving the Kiwi starting a lowly 17th.
Mostert topped all three parts of qualifying and will start this afternoon’s race alongside ex-Tickford stable-mate Cam Waters.
Ultimately, the margin between first and second was 0.044s.
Pace setter in practice, Jamie Whincup was third fastest ahead of Mark Winterbottom. Frosty delivered a solid flying lap in Q3 to topple both Dick Johnson Racing Mustangs and snare a spot on the second row.
Jack Le Brocq will start inside the top-five, with Anton De Pasquale, donning number 11, starting next to his rival Mustang.
Andre Heingartner is the best placed Kiwi in seventh. Will Davison managed to put in a late flying to salvage eighth.
Brodie Kostecki heads an all-Erebus fifth row. The pair opted to set their best laps in Q3 early when there was less traffic, but the circuit was not at its fastest .
James Courtney was the unlucky victim of the top-ten cut off point and the former series champion will start from 11th.
Fabian Coulthard will need to make up ground after struggling in qualifying and could only muster 20th.
Jack Smith will round out the grid after coming unglued in Q1, beaching his Commodore and bringing out the red flag.
Bryce Fullwood will also make up the rear of the grid after suffering a bizarre tyre drama which left him unable to improve on his Q1 time.
“I had a severe flat spot, but I knew I had to press on,” said Fullwood. “I was a bit scared the tyre was going to explode down he back straight, but I knew I had to put some form of lap in. I just couldn’t make it happen.”
Race three is slated to begin at 6.15 pm NZT.