Will Davison resisted a flying Craig Lowndes to win the second V8 Supercars race at Phillip Island and move into the championship lead.
Polesitter Lowndes stalled his Triple Eight Holden at the start and tumbled to ninth, then began a comeback charge that almost took him to victory in the 45-lap race, which saw four safety car interruptions.
Going into the final lap, Lowndes finally had long-time leader Davison (Ford Performance Racing) in sight, but Davison had enough to hand to hold his rival at bay and win by half a second.
A handful of drivers chose to conserve fuel and do the race on one rather than the more popular two pitstops, and best of these was Jason Bright, who held on for third in the Brad Jones Holden.
Bright was passed for second by Lowndes late on, but then had some breathing space as a pack behind battled hard for fourth. Stone Brothers' Shane van Gisbergen won this fight, ahead of erstwhile championship leader Jamie Whincup in the second Triple Eight car, FPR's Mark Winterbottom (who was delayed in the pits) and Tekno driver Jonathon Webb.
Front-row starter David Reynolds was not so rapid in the race and could only finish eighth in his Rod Nash/FPR Ford, followed by van Gisbergen's one-stopping team-mate Lee Holdsworth and Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander.
Results - 45 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Will Davison FPR Ford 1h19m46.1086s 2. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 0.5552s 3. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 5.2011s 4. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 6.0878s 5. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 6.4213s 6. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 6.6887s 7. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 7.4403s 8. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 11.1860s 9. Lee Holdsworth Stone Brothers Ford + 13.1644s 10. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 13.3078s 11. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 16.7776s 12. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 17.1196s 13. James Courtney HRT Holden + 17.5787s 14. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 18.4873s 15. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw Holden + 19.8158s 16. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 26.3905s 17. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 26.5117s 18. Taz Douglas Dumbrell Holden + 26.5931s 19. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 26.8057s 20. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 39.4613s 21. Steve Owen Dick Johnson Ford + 1m35.1688s 22. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden + 3 laps 23. Karl Reindler Kelly Holden + 3 laps 24. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden + 3 laps 25. Michael Patrizi Tekno Holden + 4 laps Retirements: David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 35 laps Rick Kelly Kelly Holden 8 laps Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford 3 laps