Sitting in fourth and the first driver to have made two stops was Jamie Whincup, but in between him and Slade was Dodo Racing's Jack Perkins who was a lap down.
Whincup tapped Perkins and turned him around, but it was determined that he would not be penalised for an indiscretion because the pair were not racing for position.
“I must admit it was a bit of a lucky one,” said Whincup in post-race media conference in reference to his incident with Perkins. “I clipped Michael Caruso on the way through and bent the steering and got hit by David Reynolds under safety car and I had a tap with Jack Perkins.
“We had a bit of a touch and had we have been racing for position I would have had to redress that. But lucky enough it wasn't for position, but it's not good. I owe Jack a couple of beers I think.”
Davison chirped in: “He was pretty luck to get away with it I thought.”
On lap 63 Alex Davison had a steering rack issue and was stranded on track at the final turn.
A late safety car period lasted for four laps, but on the re-start there were three lapped cars between Whincup and the second placed Holden of Will Davison, who was followed by Caruso, Tander and Lowndes.
Tander and Lowndes managed to get by Caruso who finished fifth ahead of Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall, Jack Daniel's Racing's Rick Kelly, Orrcon Racing's Mark Winterbottom, WOW Racing's Cameron McConville and Kelly's teammate and brother Todd Kelly.
V8 Supercar Events General Manager, Shane Howard, said that the opening day of racing in Townsville was something special for a lot of people.
“There were a few people with a real sense of pride and maybe even a tear in the eye as the cars rolled out of pit lane for the first time today,” said Howard. “Some many people have worked so hard for a long time on this event and it is always like being an expectant father in the last few days leading up to a new event.”
There will be a 20-minute qualifying session tomorrow morning to determine the starting sports on the grid for the afternoon's 72-lap race.