Rookie driver Chaz Mostert has taken Dick Johnson Racing to its first win in three years during a dramatic Race 24 at Queensland Raceway.
Mostert cruised home to record a two second victory over Will Davison, with Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds making it a Ford sweep of the top four places.
Mostert is the 10th different winner of the 2013 season to date; the most of any year since 2008.
The 100km finale was rocked by a series of mid-race left-front tyre failures that claimed the hopes of Race 23 winner Scott McLaughlin.
The Fujitsu Racing GRM Holden driver had been hunting down Mostert when he was forced to pit for a new tyre.
Series leader Jamie Whincup, Holden Racing Team twins Garth Tander and James Courtney and FPR’s Alex Davison also suffered from the same fate.
Fabian Coulthard and Craig Lowndes recovered from poor qualifying performances to finish fifth and sixth respectively, while Jason Bright, Tim Slade, Rick Kelly and Todd Kelly completed the top 10.
Slade had been running second in the early stages before sliding off at Turn 3. The opening laps had been run with damp patches on the track following isolated showers during the afternoon.
An apparent engine failure for Tim Blanchard soon afterwards coated the Turn 3 entry with oil, sending several cars wide. Among those was Will Davison, who dropped position to McLaughlin in the process.
Russell Ingall joined Blanchard on the retirements list after finding himself a victim of a collision between Scott Pye and Alexandre Premat at Turn 1.
Despite his Race 24 disaster, Jamie Whincup continues to lead the series from team-mate Craig Lowndes.
See below for the full Race 24 result
|1||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||32||38:01.95|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||32||38:03.96|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||32||38:05.95|
|4||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||32||38:09.56|
|5||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:09.93|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:10.35|
|7||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:16.94|
|8||Heavy Haulage Australia Racin||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||32||38:17.92|
|9||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||32||38:25.19|
|10||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||32||38:25.37|
|11||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:28.28|
|12||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||32||38:28.43|
|13||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:30.77|
|14||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:31.47|
|15||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:31.70|
|16||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||32||38:33.11|
|17||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||32||38:33.41|
|18||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||32||38:36.71|
|19||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:42.28|
|20||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:55.54|
|21||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||32||38:56.86|
|22||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||32||38:57.69|
|23||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||31||38:18.61|
|24||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||31||39:06.26|
|25||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||29||38:44.48|
|26||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||26||39:05.55|
|DNF||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||4||05:02.30|
|DNF||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF|
See below for the updated points standings
|7||Shane Van Gisbergen||1440|