Kiwi ace Shane van Gisbergen emerged from a treacherous qualifying session to take his first BNT V8 SuperTourer pole position for the first of the Brother 350 races on Sunday at Pukekohe Park.
Second was Scott McLaughlin followed by John McIntyre and series leader Greg Murphy in fourth.
It was the 'big three' - SVG, McLaughlin and Murphy - that made the early running in the session with the first runs putting van Gisbergen ahead of Greg and Scott. Angus Fogg was another to be right on the pace early on, though he was half a second or so off the leader's ultimate pace.
Simon McLennan, John McIntyre and Ant Pedersen all topped the timesheets momentarily as the session reached half way and the drivers got to grips with the tricky conditions, but it was SVG, McLaughlin and Murph that were consistently at the front.