Red Bull Racing Australia's Paul Dumbrell has won the co-driver's qualifying race aboard the Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore as the V8 Supercars Pirtek Enduro Cup kicks off at the Sandown 500.

Dumbrell now hands the Triple Eight Holden back to its primary driver Whincup as the reining six-time champion will start the second race on pole position thanks to his team mate's effort's.

The results from the primary driver's race will determine the grid order for tomorrow's main 161-lap encounter.

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Behind the leading Red Bull Commodore came a brace of Prodrive Ford Falcon's, headed by Mark Winterbottom's co-driver Steve Owen in second position.

Winterbottom had put the championship leading Pepsi Max Crew Ford onto the front row but Owen was unable to stick with Dumbrell's irresistible pace.

Cameron Waters - partnering Chaz Mostert - completed the co-driver's race podium in third ahead of The Bottle-O Falcon FG X of Dean Canto in fourth position.

Shane Van Gisbergen's Tekno Autosport's co-driver Jonathon Webb was the next best Holden in fifth position ahead of the leading HRT factory effort of Russell Ingall in sixth.

Ingall is making a one-off return to the V8 series as he partners Jack Perkins in the #22 HRT Commodore, who is standing in for the injured James Courtney.

Tony D'Alberto was seventh for the Supercheap Auto Racing Holden effort ahead of DJR Team Penske's Marco Ambrose, who marked his first appearance since stepping down from his drive earlier in the year with an eighth place finish.

Freightliner Racing's Luke Youlden was ninth while Karl Reindler rounded out the top-ten order in tenth.

Former F1 driver Sebastian Bourdais narrowly missed out on the top-ten cut in eleventh. Bourdais is no stranger to the V8 scene after making a series of regular appearances during the past few endurance seasons.