Fabian Coulthard has turned the tables on Ford teammate Scott McLaughlin to win the second Coates Hire Supercars Challenge race at the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
As the sun began to set over the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Coulthard took maximum advantage of pole position to lead the 11-lap race from start to finish, winning by 1.72 seconds over McLaughlin, with the Nissan Ultima of Michael Caruso third.
"It was a great day for the team," said Coulthard. "It just goes to show what hard work has been done in the off-season to get the cars up to speed."
Garth Tander was the first Holden Commodore driver home in fourth position from Will Davison (Commodore) and Mark Winterbottom (Falcon).
As was the case in race one, the safety car again intervened after Chaz Mostert (Falcon) clipped Shane van Gisbergen (Commodore), with the reigning Supercars champion spinning out – and then hit head on by a blindsided James Moffatt (Commodore).
Mostert, who was third in race one, was eventually handed a pitlane drive-through penalty and finished in 19th position – the final driver home.
Cameron Waters (Falcon) held off a snarling pack to finish in seventh position, from Commodore trio Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and Tim Slade.
As well as van Gisbergen and Moffatt, Alex Rullo (Commodore), Simona De Silvestro (Altima) and Dale Wood (Commodore) also failed to complete the distance.
Race two is at 3:20pm on Saturday.