Mark Winterbottom gets the better of his Prodrive team mate Chaz Mostert to record his first V8 Supercars win of 2015 at Barbagallo Raceway.

Winterbottom wasted no time in snatching the lead away from his pole-sitting team mate as the second placed Pepsi Max FG X surged from the line and stole the ascendency from Mostert.

It was a lead that Winterbottom never relinquished despite Mostert hounding the number one Prodrive Ford for the entirety of the 25-lap sprint race.

As expected, tyre management was the main talking point of the afternoon and as the leading Ford's battled to maintain position at the front of the field -whilst preserving the Dunlop rubber - that allowed Red Bull's Craig Lowndes to close up on Winterbottom and Mostert.

Although Lowndes -still chasing that 100th V8 victory - failed to conjure a race threatening attack on the Ford's, the Triple Eight driver still emerges from the opening race as the points leader following Jamie Whincup's struggles in 15th position.

Behind the top three, HRT's Garth Tander had followed Lowndes for the early part of the race. But a rear left failure on Tander's Commodore abruptly curtailed his afternoon and promoted Shane Van Gisbergen and Jason Bright into the top-five.

Tekno Autosport's Van Gisbergen had a relatively benign opening race while Bright punished the mistake of James Courtney on lap three, which allowed the Team BOC Commodore to break into the top-five.

Seemingly struggling with the balance of his HRT Commodore, Courtney eventually dropped to tenth behind Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard and Rick Kelly in ninth.

Starting from 21st, defending six-time champion Whincup - despite making a lightning getaway - failed to make any meaningful progress at the tail end of the field in 15th but will start race two from the front row of the grid.

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