Nissan driver Michael Caruso claimed the Altima’s first V8 Supercars pole position after topping the times in qualifying for the non-championship Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 support event.
Caruso, who also topped free practice, set his fastest time during the first half of qualifying and it remained unchallenged during the final 10 minutes of the evening session.
Tekno Autosports Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen ended up almost two tenths of a second down in second place, having proved unable to challenge Caruso’s time on his final run.
Scott McLaughlin made it three different manufacturers in the top three by putting the lead Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 third on the grid ahead of the Triple Eight Holden of reigning champion Jamie Whincup.
Nissan’s Todd Kelly pipped the second Triple Eight car of Craig Lowndes to fifth place, ahead of Fabian Coulthard and James Moffat.
The best-placed Ford was Chaz Mostert’s FPR entry down in 12th, almost six tenths off the pace.