Jamie Whincup notched up yet another win in race one of V8 Supercars' Symmons Plain event, leading teammate and title rival Craig Lowndes in a Triple Eight Holden 1-2.
Whincup was beaten off the line by Mark Winterbottom, but managed to repass the Ford Performance Racing car at Turn 6 on lap 11 of 50. He was never headed thereafter, controlling the race through a half-distance safety car period prompted by Greg Murphy's Kelly Racing Holden shedding a wheel.
FPR's Will Davison got up to second for a while by virtue of only changing two tires at his pit stop, but the tactic did not work and he was edged back down the order.
Lowndes made it past the Ford with eight laps to go after a long battle. Then when Winterbottom went wide trying to pass his team-mate three laps later, Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander – charging up from 10th on the grid – pounced and was soon past both FPR cars to claim the final podium spot. Winterbottom, Davison and Stone Brothers' Alex Davison chased Tander to the flag.
Second-row starters Paul Dumbrell (Rod Nash/FPR) and Shane van Gisbergen (Stone Brothers) both dropped back in the race. Dumbrell was steadily elbowed down the field to an eventual 13th, while van Gisbergen was fending off Lowndes and Winterbottom for third until he ran wide on lap 32 and dropped to seventh, where he would finish.
Fabian Coulthard (Walkinshaw Holden), Michael Caruso (Garry Rogers Holden) and James Courtney (HRT) completed the top 10.
Results - 50 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 45m48.4135s
2. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 8.7403s
3. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 11.9541s
4. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 12.1587s
5. Will Davison FPR Ford + 12.7166s
6. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 14.3906s
7. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 18.2865s
8. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 19.6504s
9. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 20.9548s
10. James Courtney HRT Holden + 21.1549s
11. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 21.2956s
12. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 21.8249s
13. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 24.2846s
14. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 24.6304s
15. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 26.9067s
16. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 26.9895s
17. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 28.3855s
18. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 30.6602s
19. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 31.8740s
20. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 32.3395s
21. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 35.8909s
22. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 36.1086s
23. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 37.8933s
24. Karl Reindler Britek Holden + 38.3386s
25. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 42.6108s
26. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden + 6 laps
Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden 24 laps
Greg Murphy Kelly Holden 22 laps