Rick Kelly benefited from a restart tangle between the three leaders to take a shock victory for Kelly Racing in the first of this weekend's V8 Supercars races at Hidden Valley Raceway.
The race had been relatively uneventful until a late safety car period to retrieve Tim Slade's stranded car. At the restart with three laps to go, race-long leaders Mark Winterbottom, Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen managed to become entangled at Turn 1, with all three going off the road and tumbling down the order.
Kelly had worked his way forward from 12th on the grid before then and was in position to take advantage of the chaos, going on to win ahead of Steven Johnson and Craig Lowndes.
Lee Holdsworth was fourth, with Will Davison using an early pitstop before the first safety car period of the race – caused by Jason Bright stopping with damage after clashes with Tony D'Alberto and David Reynolds – to come through from 20th on the grid to fifth.
D'Alberto survived the Bright incident to take sixth, with van Gisbergen recovering to seventh and Whincup taking ninth behind Jason Bargwanna. A furious Winterbottom had to settle for 15th in a race he had looked certain to win.
Holden Racing Team's poor day continued with James Courtney only 25th after a puncture and Garth Tander 18th after a penalty for pulling out of a pit stop with air hoses still attached.