Cameron Waters admits he was lucky to hold onto the lead when his engine cut out in the early stages of the second ARMOR ALL Race for the Grid at Sandown.
Scott McLaughlin drew alongside Waters on the approach to Turn 2 when the Monster Ford suddenly lost power on lap four of 19.
Waters held onto the position through the subsequent corners before going on to lead McLaughlin home by 0.4 seconds, securing pole for tomorrow’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.
“I don’t really know what happened, it just cut out when I went to pick up the throttle out of Turn 1,” Waters told Supercars.com.
“It just lost fire and completely cut out. It was really weird, I don’t know what happened. I was quite lucky that it came back to life and Scotty didn’t pass me.
“We had really good pace and it probably cost me a bit because it put him back in my tow when I’d nearly broken it.
“But we had a quick car and managed to pull away again. We’ve just got to tune up a couple of little areas for tomorrow.”
Waters set up the win with a rapid launch from third on the grid that put him in the lead at Turn 1.
Co-driver Richie Stanaway had earlier driven from sixth to second in the co-driver sprint, before the red flag demoted the Prodrive Falcon back to third.
Waters says that the car has been strong since first practice and is confident it can be improved further for tomorrow.
“This weekend we’ve decided to try something a bit different and so far it’s been really good,” he explained.
“Hopefully it’s something we can take to every race meeting. We rolled out really quick and have just fine-tuned it.
“We still need a bit more tyre life so we’ll work on the balance overnight and try and improve that a bit more.
“The stints tomorrow are a bit longer, but we know what we need to fix and I think we can do that pretty easily.”
Waters has one previous Supercars pole to his credit, scored at Barbagallo last year, but is yet to score a main game race win.
His best result of second came in the 2015 Sandown 500 when he was a co-driver to Chaz Mostert.