James Moffat survived a late-race scare to take maiden wins for himself and Nissan Motorsport in the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton.
The son of four-time Australian Touring Car Champion Allan Moffat took the lead from team-mate Michael Caruso at the double-file rolling restart, where the outside lane proved the place to be.
Moffat then controlled the race until the gap over Caruso closed from 0.8s to just 0.3s with six laps to go after he ran wide at Turn 10.
Moffat was able to steady the ship, however, eventually taking the flag 0.8s ahead to become the 11th different race winner of the season.
Pole-sitter Jamie Whincup had led the first leg of the race until a driveline failure forced him to pull off the circuit on Lap 10.
Jason Bright took third having moved his way through from seventh on the grid to fourth by the completion of the opening leg,
Rounding up Mark Winterbottom on the restart, the Team BOC Holden looked a threat to the Nissans early in the second set of 20 laps before eventually falling more than five seconds adrift of Moffat.
Winterbottom, James Courtney, Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard, Garth Tander, Russell Ingall and David Reynolds completed the top 10.
Much of the race’s action occurred around sixth-placed qualifier Shane van Gisbergen, who struggled for pace in both heats. The Kiwi eventually finished 13th.
Awkwardly for Nissan and V8 Supercars, today’s landmark result has come on a weekend where the two Norton cars, and the Erebus Mercedes of Maro Engel, are trialling a revised blend fuel in the lead-up to the endurance races.
See below for the Race 25 result
|1||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||40||01:22:06.51|
|2||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||40||01:22:07.32|
|3||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:12.00|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||40||01:22:12.64|
|5||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:12.90|
|6||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||40||01:22:17.54|
|7||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:20.34|
|8||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:24.53|
|9||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:24.86|
|10||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||40||01:22:26.57|
|11||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:29.46|
|12||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:31.70|
|13||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:32.63|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||40||01:22:33.36|
|15||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||40||01:22:34.59|
|16||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||40||01:22:35.33|
|17||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:35.41|
|18||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||40||01:22:35.60|
|19||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:38.07|
|20||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:38.61|
|21||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:39.00|
|22||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||40||01:22:39.15|
|23||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:41.54|
|24||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||40||01:22:41.73|
|25||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||40||01:22:41.91|
|26||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||40||01:22:42.09|
|27||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||40||01:22:42.62|
|DNF||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||9||53:56.08|
See below for the updated championship standings after Race 25 of 36
|9||Shane Van Gisbergen||1484|