Zak Best has scored pole for the Super2 Bathurst opener, but has given his crew work ahead of the race.
Best fired in a 2:05.563s to secure bragging rights for Friday’s first race.
However, an error in the closing stages of qualifying saw Best clout the concrete exiting The Chase.
Best managed to return his car to the lane, albeit with front and rear left-side damage.
The Victorian will share the front row with Tyler Everingham.
Everingham was just 0.2s down on Best, with Cameron Hill the only other driver within a second of the Falcon.
Points leader Declan Fraser avoided a big miss when he jumped from 10th to fourth at the flag.
He was demoted to fifth by Matt Payne, with Matt McLean sixth ahead of Jay Hanson.
Best was congratulated by Bathurst 1000 co-driver Thomas Randle once he alighted from his Ford.
Best crashed having taken on his race set of tyres.
It added to a rollercoaster 24 hours for Best, who was fined on Thursday over a golf buggy breach.
According to the stewards report, a golf buggy was spotted during the track walk driving at "excessive speed" and with occupants not wearing restraints.
Best and Tickford Racing admitted to the breach, the stewards hitting driver and team a $3000 fine each.
Angelo Mouzouris qualified ahead of Aaron Seton, who will also make his Great Race debut.
Super3 points leader Kai Allen again impressed; he not only took class pole, but qualified 10th overall.
Allen proved quicker than seven Super2 drivers, and 1.5s fastest than closest Super3 rival Brad Vaughan.
The first 18-lap Dunlop Series sprint will commence at 3:10pm local time on Friday.