Ford's Mark Winterbottom completes a crushing clean sweep around the Albert Park circuit after clinching a fourth straight V8 Supercars victory at Melbourne.

Winterbottom's fourth win out of four means the Prodrive driver easily claims the overall honours as he also becomes the first man to win every race at the event since Russell Ingall's success in 1998.

The Ford man's tale to victory was a near carbon copy of his three previous encounters after once staying out in front for the entire distance. But behind Winterbottom the race soon took a dramatic twist as two separate incidents immediately dismissed five-cars from the action - including Craig Lowndes and Marcos Ambrose - and triggered another safety car phase.

While that did bunch the order up as the race restarted, it didn't take long for Winterbottom to once again stretch his legs at the front of the field as the Pepsi Max Crew Falcon FG X put the hammer down to create a two-second lead over the chasing pack.

Unlike his team mate, Mostert had to roll his sleeves up as Shane Van Gisbergen refused to be shaken off by the Prodrive Ford.

The Tekno Autosports Commodore's position, however, was just as fragile as HRT's James Courtney and reigning champion Jamie Whincup both smelled a potential podium opportunity directly behind the Kiwi.

As it was though, Van Gisbergen held on with positions four and five also remaining unchanged as the flag fell for the final time.

Three-seconds further down the road came the second HRT Commodore of Garth Tander in sixth position ahead of Rick Kelly and Tim Slade in seventh and eighth.

The Bottle-O Falcon FG X of David Reynolds finally re-entered the top-ten in ninth after gradually working his way back up the pack following a race one error dropped Reynolds out of his fourth place qualifying slot.

Lee Holdsworth was another man to break into the top-ten for the first time this weekend as the LD Motorsports man picked his way through the opening lap chaos to come home tenth.

 

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