Prodrive's Mark Winterbottom has made it two V8 Supercars victories from two at Barbagallo Raceway after producing a stunning drive to comfortably beat Red Bull's Jamie Whincup.

In truth, Winterbottom's quest for victory came without any challenge as a near perfect getaway from the line set the tone for second 25-lap sprint race.

By the end of the first lap the Pepsi Max Crew driver had already built a lead of over one-second ahead of the Triple Eight Holden Commodore, all with alarming ease.

That gap continued to increase as Winterbottom romped to a near four-second gap over Whincup before taking his foot off the gas towards the end of the race.

Winterbottom's 29th career V8 Supercars victory means the championship lead has now changed hands for the second race in succession at the Prodrive man now leads the charge by a single point ahead of Whincup.

Unable to make a play for the lead, Whincup, in turn, fell back into the clutches of Freightliner Racing's Fabian Coulthard.

For laps on end, Coulthard hounded the underperforming Red Bull Commodore but it was to no avail as the defending six-time champion hung for a much needed podium finish - forcing the Kiwi to settle for third.

Race one pole-sitter Chaz Mostert backed up his earlier second place result with a solid fourth for Prodrive Australia. The 23-year old had started in fifth but a clinical pass on Triple Eight's Craig Lowndes elevated the Ford Falcon FG X ahead of the Holden on lap nine of the race.

Unlike in race one, HRT's James Courtney was able to finish where he started in sixth position ahead of The Bottle-O Falcon FG X of David Reynolds in seventh.

Some four-seconds behind Reynolds in seventh, Nissan's Rick Kelly valiantly held off Will Davison and Tim Slade to claim another strong top-ten result in eighth.

Davison and Slade, both seemingly enjoying superior car performance at the end of the race, asked serious question's of Kelly's Altima. But the Jack Daniels racer answered them with flying colours as no less than five-tenths separated the trio as they crossed the line.

Despite running a brand new Volvo Polestar S60, GRM's Scott McLaughlin once again bore the brunt of a horrific turn of bad luck.

A throttle sensor issue with the Kiwi's S60 placed further damage on what has already been a torturous year so far for McLaughlin and the Gary Rogers Motorsport outfit.


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