Talented young New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen will start from his first pole position in Sunday's Sandown 500 V8 Supercar endurance race.
Van Gisbergen led a Ford one-two in Saturday's sprint race qualifier with David Reynolds second and Garth Tander bringing home the first Holden in third spot.
The race for main drivers was disastrous for the series stars with points leader Jamie Whincup making a rare error and spearing off the track while running second.
Holden teammate and championship contender Craig Lowndes also lost out with brake lock-ups while Mark Winterbottom - second on points before qualifying - had a dismal run.
In a dramatic and hectic 20-lapper, Team Vodafone's Whincup hit a tyre wall and eventually finished 19th.
Van Gisbergen is confident of a good run in tomorrow's enduro.
He said mechanics had worked hard to turn the car's performance around from practice on Friday.
"We were really struggling, we were laughing at how bad the car was yesterday," van Gisbergen said.
"But the guys did a great job, tuned it up well and we're on pole for tomorrow so we can get a good result with this car tomorrow, I'm sure."
The 23-year-old broke through for his first race win at home in Hamilton last year and is looming as a potential endurance race winner.
"I think we have the opportunity to win, there's some fast cars that mucked up today," he said.
"We've certainly made the car better and the track has come to us as well. I think we've got a good chance to win - it's a long day tomorrow and we'll see what we can do."
Winterbottom suffered a double blow to his championship chances.
The Ford Performance Racing driver, second behind Whincup in the series standings by just one point, dropped down the table dramatically.
His problems began before he even had a chance to drive.
Teammate Steve Richards, competing in the co-drivers sprint race, was shuffled off the tarmac in a hectic run to the first turn.
Richards eventually finished 19th and that was to be Winterbottom's grid position for the main drivers' sprint race.
But he was dropped to the rear of the grid after officials ruled the car had returned to the pits before officials had released it from the checking procedure following the early race.