Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup drove a perfect race to take a comfortable victory in race one of the Bigpond 300 at Barbagallo.
Using the sprint tyres at the start of the race, Whincup took the lead from team-mate Craig Lowndes at the start. He then made the most of his tyre strategy, stopping just before half-distance and ending up comfortably clear of the field in the closing laps.
Second was Todd Kelly, who used a similar strategy to Whincup after running fourth early on. However, for most of the second half of the race it looked like Bundaberg Red's David Reynolds would take second place.
Reynolds had stayed on the sprint tyre at his pitstop, and resumed in a clear second place. But with seven laps remaining his front left tyre went flat, ending his podium hopes. He eventually finished 28th, two laps down, after limping back to the pits.
Third and fourth were Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney, who switched to the sprint tyre at their pitstops around half-distance and used them to good effect, having run either just in or outside the top ten in the early laps.
Will Davison was fifth for the Holden Racing Team, having chosen to run less distance on the sprint tyres than those ahead, with Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly next after running just a handful of laps at the start of the race on the softer tyres.
Greg Murphy was another driver to make good use of the sprint tyres to finish eighth after starting 22nd, with Russell Ingall and Steven Johnson completing the top ten.
Pos Driver Make Time 1. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon FG 41m33.5350s 2. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 12.0729s 3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG + 12.7278s 4. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG + 19.5339s 5. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 27.2836s 6. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG + 33.5556s 7. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 38.5799s 8. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE + 41.1059s 9. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 42.0545s 10. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG + 47.9816s 11. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE + 49.0452s 12. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE + 50.5409s 13. Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG + 56.1331s 14. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 15. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 16. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 17. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 18. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 19. Tim Slade Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 20. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 21. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon BF + 1 lap 22. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 23. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 24. Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 25. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 26. Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 27. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 28. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE + 2 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Make Laps Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE 36