Mark Winterbottom fended off title rival Craig Lowndes to score back-to-back sprint race wins at Queensland Raceway.
Pole-sitter Lowndes kept his advantage at the first corner, but could not stop the Prodrive Ford from scything down the inside at Turn 2.
Lowndes kept the pressure on for the remainder of the 20 lap contest, but did not have enough speed to find a way around Winterbottom.
A wild moment for Lowndes on the exit of Turn 1 on the penultimate lap spelt an end to the battle, with the final winning margin 0.9s.
“I got a really, really good start but obviously Craig got a good one too,” smiled Winterbottom.
“The over under worked at Turn 1. After that my car wasn’t quite as quick as his but when you’re behind it’s all about track position.”
Lowndes admitted that he needed a significant mistake from Winterbottom in order to retake the lead, but it never came.
“We had the pace to stay with him but we made a little mistake out of Turn 1 just trying to over-commit when the tyres were fading away,” said Lowndes.
“We tried to pressure them as much as we could. He made a couple of little mistakes but not enough to get by. It’s a credit to Frosty. He’s been strong all weekend.”
As was the case in Darwin last month, the soft tyre sprint race provided distinctly less action than that seen in the earlier hard tyre heat.
Chaz Mostert completed the podium after a mid-race pass on stablemate David Reynolds, while Jamie Whincup and Todd Kelly completed the top six.
Reynolds had jumped from sixth to third with a lightning start, squeezing between Mostert and McLaughlin on the run to Turn 1.
McLaughlin ran wide at the second corner and eventually finished ninth, trailing home seventh placed Will Davison and eighth placed James Courtney.
Ash Walsh held seventh in the early stages before falling foul of a power steering failure.
Shane van Gisbergen was also on the retirements list after failing to get off the grid with an apparent driveline failure.
The striken Tekno Holden triggered a Safety Car, but not before contact between Lee Holdsworth and Nick Percat at Turn 3 caused race-ending damage to the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden.
Result: V8 Supercars Race 19, Queensland Raceway
|1||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||25:20.0058|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:20.8897|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||25:23.7818|
|4||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||25:24.8082|
|5||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:25.1743|
|6||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||20||25:28.1349|
|7||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||20||25:28.5598|
|8||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:29.4743|
|9||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||20||25:30.4815|
|10||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||25:32.4797|
|11||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||20||25:32.8992|
|12||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:34.1574|
|13||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||20||25:34.5616|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||20||25:39.2255|
|15||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:39.3377|
|16||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:41.2316|
|17||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:41.7603|
|18||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||20||25:42.5551|
|19||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:42.8899|
|20||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||20||25:43.1359|
|21||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:46.1712|
|22||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||20||25:46.6006|
|DNF||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||5||7:42.1233|
|DNF||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF|
|DNF||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF|
|9||Shane van Gisbergen||1123|