Supercars championship leader Shane Van Gisbergen will have to do it the hard way in Tasmania if he's to continue his perfect start to the season.
The New Zealander is aiming to beat a long-standing record for most consecutive wins to start the championship but will start Sunday's two sprint races at Symmons Plains from sixth and seventh on the grid.
Ford driver Cameron Waters claimed pole position for both 44-lap races as he aims to end Van Gisbergen's six-race winning streak.
The Tickford Racing star clocked a fastest lap of 50.763 seconds to take pole for Sunday's first race before then going fastest again in qualifying for the second race with a 50.5622.
Waters said translating that one-lap speed into a winning race set up remained the challenge for his garage.
"Our one-lap speed is definitely good but the race car is where we're lacking at the moment," Waters told Fox Sports.
If Van Gisbergen can win Sunday's opening race he'll move past Allan Moffat (1977) and Mark Skaife (1994) as the only driver in Australian touring car history to win seven straight races at the start of a season.
Waters may have come out in P1 for both of Sunday's races, but he was less than complimentary of a controversial split qualifying system being used this weekend.
Under the set up the field is split in half for two separate five-minute periods during qualifying.
"It's definitely different, I like that we're trying new things but for me I like when we're all out there together," he said.
Sunday's first race starts at 1.35pm with the second race of the day beginning at 4.25pm.
Australian Associated Press