A late red flag in the session threatened to throw up some unusual results for today's Qualifying session – but Jamie Whincup still topped the times.
With two minutes to go, Whincup was in pitlane – was Winterbottom gonig to let him out ahead? Whincup flew through, gave a wave and sailed on his way to his seventh ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Barbagallo Raceway.
Whincup was followed by Brad Jones Racing pair Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard – in fact, it was their Wilson Security teammate David Wall who's off at the final corner caused the red flag.
An incident between Wall, Courtney and Ingall is being investigated.
Fourth was Lowndes, then Alex Davison – who for a moment looked like he'd bagged pole when the red flag came out – followed by Mark Winterbottom, Premat, Champioship leader Will Davison, Maro Engel and debutant Chaz Mostert.
Engel's previous best qualifying position was 22 – he'll be much further up the grid in seventh today, in his Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
West Australian locals Gath Tander and Dean Fiore start from 19 and 21 respectively.
Qualifying is for this afternoon's 60/60 Super Sprint race, the second shot at the format run in Tasmania. Cars will contest two halves, with a 15-minute half time and a double file rolling restart to kick off the second half.