Nick Chester has edged Simon Evans to pole for BNT V8s' non-championship round at Pukekohe with a faster lap than the Supercars field could manage.
With no points on offer for this weekend's three races and any class restrictions therefore lifted, Chester lapped Pukekohe Park Raceway in a fastest time of 1:01.320s in his Holden Commodore Supercar.
That effort, which came in the second-last minute of the 20-minute session, was 0.024s faster than former BNT V8s champion Simon Evans had gone in his modified, 750hp Commodore SuperTourer at the start of his second run.
Paul Radisich, in a 900hp NASCAR-engined Mustang, won a battle for third which was ultimately exactly as tight as that for first.
The former Dick Johnson Racing V8 Supercars driver and World Touring Car Cup winner clocked a 1:03.480s with the chequered flag out, which put him back ahead of Tim Edgell (Holden Commodore) by 0.024s.
The first of the BNT V8s regulars, Lance Hughes, was fifth in a Holden Commodore which has also had its power output upped beyond the norm, to 630hp.
Another championship stalwart, Nick Ross, only completed one timed lap due to a broken input shaft in the Concept Motorsport Altima TLX and ended up last of the 13 cars which took to the track.
The first of three 16-lap races on the ITM Auckland SuperSprint support card takes place tomorrow at 1315 local time/1115 AEST.