Will Davison gave Ford its first win of the V8 Supercars season in a wild third race at Pukekohe, and took the championship lead in the process.
Davison claimed his win under the fourth safety car of the short event, which was flagged four laps short of its planned 36-lap distance as it hit the time limit.
The friction between champion Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom continued following their Saturday clash. Winterbottom jumped polesitter Whincup off the lead, and hung on despite a touch from his rival into Turn 5.
James Courtney was running third for Holden Racing Team, fending off Fabian Coulthard's Brad Jones Racing car. A small slip let Coulthard pounce, with Davison sneaking through as well.
When Shane van Gisbergen tried to demote Courtney another place, the former champion's defense resulted in him spinning across the Tekno Holden's front end and into the gravel.
That prompted a second safety car, the first having been caused by a first-lap midfield tangle. On the restart lap, Whincup barged past Winterbottom at the hairpin, but as the Triple 8 Holden and FPR Ford bounced off each other, Coulthard was able to accelerate around both.
Winterbottom had sustained steering damage and began to slip back before pitting for repairs. Whincup would not fare any better, though. While chasing Coulthard, he slid into the gravel when his foot slipped off the brake pedal.
That prompted another caution and gave Davison chance to attack Coulthard. He slipped inside at the hairpin, with van Gisbergen following through as well.
When a tire blow-out sent Saturday race one winner Scott McLaughlin into the wall at the final corner, the safety car returned and ensured that Davison, van Gisbergen and Coulthard would hold the top-three positions.
Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander came through from ninth and 13th on the grid to complete the top five ahead of Jason Bright, who has pole for Sunday afternoon's race.
Alexandre Premat had qualified sixth but a trip off the road – in which he nearly speared GRM teammate McLaughlin – and a puncture left him at the back.
Results - 32 laps (time limit):
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Will Davison FPR Ford 44m42.6510s
2. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden + 0.6028s
3. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden + 0.8140s
4. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 1.0343s
5. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 1.3570s
6. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 2.0625s
7. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 2.2681s
8. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 2.5003s
9. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford + 2.8014s
10. Rick Kelly Nissan + 3.6912s
11. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden + 3.8558s
12. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden + 4.3320s
13. James Moffat Nissan + 4.5793s
14. Michael Caruso Nissan + 5.5825s
15. Todd Kelly Nissan + 5.8641s
16. Tim Slade Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes + 6.4310s
17. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes + 7.0717s
18. Jonny Reid DJR Ford + 7.1724s
19. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden + 7.7188s
20. Maro Engel Erebus Mercedes + 8.4545s
21. Alexandre Premat GRM Holden + 8.8143s
22. James Courtney HRT Holden + 2 laps
23. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 2 laps
24. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 2 laps
Scott McLaughlin GRM Holden 27 laps
Tim Blanchard DJR Ford 14 laps
Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden 0 laps