Jamie Whincup recovered from a mid-race trip off the road to take his second victory of the day in the Barbagallo V8 Supercars event.
Whincup and nearest pursuer Mark Winterbottom both skated through the sand trap at the final corner when they encountered fluid spilt by Maro Engel's Mercedes just before the pit stops were due. They rejoined in sixth and ninth respectively, as Whincup's Triple 8 teammate Craig Lowndes moved into the lead. The Holden duo had shared the front row, but Winterbottom had split them at the start.
Whincup immediately pitted, and a rapid stop plus out-lap coinciding with some pit confusion as the safety car came out after Michael Caruso's Nissan shed a wheel meant that the champion was rapidly back up to second. That became first when he pounced on Lowndes to take the lead at the restart following a second safety car period caused by David Wall and Russell Ingall going off.
Lowndes held on to complete a Triple 8 1-2, the team having won all three races this weekend.
Winterbottom's comeback was less successful than Whincup's. A wheelnut issue caused a very slow pit stop, dropping him to 21st. He made it back through to 12th.
Jason Bright only qualified 12th due to a gear lever problem, but battled through to deprive Will Davison of the final podium spot. David Reynolds and Shane van Gisbergen chased them home.
Fabian Coulthard was another man delayed in the pits, leaving him seventh, ahead of James Moffat and Garth Tander – up from 20th and 23rd on the grid, respectively.
Chaz Mostert completing a very strong debut for the hitherto struggling Dick Johnson team with 10th place.
Other early front-runners to drop back were Alex Davison, who had to queue in the pits, and Scott McLaughlin, who fell from a mid-race fifth to 13th after his Holden's left-side door shed its skin amid some fraught battling.