Ford's Chaz Mostert avoids the chaos at Darwin as Prodrive Australia secure yet another V8 Supercars 1-2 finish, courtesy of championship leader Mark Winterbottom coming home second.

Starting from second, the Pepsi Max Crew driver immediately powered into the lead ahead of the pole sitting James Courtney as they headed into the first corner.

As Mostert led, it took only one corner for the race to have its first incident with reigning six-time champion Jamie Whincup and Freightliner Racing's Fabian Coulthard locking horns at turn one.

Coulthard's Holden Commodore came off worse while Whincup's Triple Eight machine lived to fight another day.

But as Whincup attempted to regroup, the Red Bull Racing Australia driver was then caught up in another mealy, which also involved his team mate Craig Lowndes - leaving both of the multiple champions at the rear of the field.

Back at the front, the race began to hot up as intermittent grass fires meant the safety car twice had to be called upon as the marshal's put the fires out.

While that allowed Courtney to close right back onto Mostert's Ford Falcon FG X, the Holden driver was unable to take advantage after Tekno Autosport's Shane Van Gisbergen ploughed into the rear of the HRT Commodore, demoting the pair out of the reckoning as Garth Tander also had to take evasive action onto the grass at turn one.

The clumsy Holden demise paved the way for the Nissan's to build on their impressive Winton form as Rick Kelly, James Moffat and Michael Caruso scored a 3-4-5 result for the Japanese manufacturer.

A sixth place finish for Scott Pye indicates the DJR Team Penske project may well have turned a corner for the better following their difficult start to the season, which saw series legend Marcos Ambrose temporarily relinquish his driving duties.

A bruising afternoon for the Holden cause meant Tim Slade was the best of the Commodore's in seventh position ahead of Dale Wood and Nick Percat in eighth and ninth.

Nissan Motorsport's Todd Kelly made it four Altima's to reach the top-ten as the Jack Daniel's backed racer successfully fended off the recovering Jamie Whincup in eleventh.



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