Ford star Chaz Mostert has finally made his superb qualifying form count with a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s V8 Supercars race at Queensland Raceway.
The Bathurst champion, who secured his eighth pole of the season earlier in the day, held off teammate Mark Winterbottom on the line and then cruised to a comfortable win in the 65-lap race.
Winterbottom, who secured two race wins on Saturday, finished third behind nearest championship rival Craig Lowndes.
Despite that the Ford star leaves Ipswich holding a 256-point championship lead over Lowndes with Mostert a further 36 points back.
In an otherwise uneventful race, it was defending champion Jamie Whincup who provided the talking points.
Starting from fourth, Whincup made a great start to be threatening Winterbottom for second at the first turn.
But within a few laps the six-time drivers’ champion was letting his teammate Lowndes through for third place.
Two shoddy pit stops followed before Whincup then ran off the track while battling with Mercedes’ Will Davison for seventh position.
In the end Whincup came home eighth, leaving his hopes of a fifth consecutive title looking increasingly slight.
There was also late drama for Nissan’s Todd Kelly, who was visibly upset after his Maxima broke with just four laps to go.
The next round of the V8s is the Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint event from August 21 to 23.