Jason Bright and Brad Jones Racing took their second win of the V8 Superscars season with a stunning charge on an alternative strategy in race two at Winton.
Bright, who had qualified eighth, made the most of pitting several laps later than the other leaders at both of his stops, and then revelled in his superior tire grip as drivers ahead found their rubber fading. He was still back in eighth when he rejoined after his last stop with 20 laps to go, but started hacking through the traffic ahead with ease.
Five laps from the end he grabbed third from Michael Caruso (Garry Rodgers Holden) into Turn 3, then took second from HRT's Garth Tander on the next lap. That left only long-time leader and race one winner Jamie Whincup's Triple Eight Holden ahead, and the 2.5-second gap was demolished in just two laps before Bright easily made the pass for the lead into the first corner. He went on to take the checkered flag just before the downpour that had been threatening all afternoon set in.
Prior to Bright's charge, Whincup and Tander had been the main protagonists in the lead fight. Both overtook polesitter Mark Winterbottom in the first stint as the Ford Performance Racing man's pace faded dramatically amid extreme rear tire wear in the race, leaving him only 19th at the finish.
In the middle stint, Tander was able to hunt down Whincup, grabbing the lead just before half-distance, but he could not get away and when they pitted in unison on lap 43, Whincup was able to get out in front. There was nothing either of them could do to resist Bright after that, and they had to settle for second and third, with Tander only just holding off Shane van Gisbergen.
Walkinshaw Racing's Fabian Coulthard used a similar strategy to Bright to come through to fifth ahead of Caruso, Craig Lowndes and Steven Johnson.
Reigning champion James Courtney could not repeat Saturday's progress up the order, having to pit for repairs after being involved in one of the early tangles.