Mark Winterbottom eased to victory to claim Prodrive Racing Australia’s second win of the day and their 50th in V8 Supercars.

Rick Kelly brought his Nissan home in second place, sandwiched between Winterbottom and his Prodrive team mate Chaz Mostert.

Both Kelly and Winterbottom jumped pole sitter Mostert off the line, Winterbottom from second to first, while Kelly came from forth to take second.

Behind the lead trio their was drama involving the pair of Holden Factory drivers and Lee Holdsworth. James Courtney, on his 300th start out braked himself into turn one hitting Garth Tander into the side of Holdsworth.

Tander and Holdsworth retired on the spot while Courtney received a drive through penalty, sending him to the back of the field.

After the drama of the first corner the race settled down, remaining stationary as the field looked after their tyres ahead of tomorrows 200 kilometre race.

David Reynolds continued his strong form, clinching forth place ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen and Red Bull Racings Jamie Whincup.

Erebus Motorsports Will Davison was able to hold off championship leader Craig Lowndes for seventh place. Lowndes, who has so far struggled this weekend, finishing 12th and eighth has seen his championship lead cut from 52 points to nine.

After finishing last in the first race Scott McLaughlin returned to the top ten finishing ninth ahead of Michael Caruso in his Nissan.

V8 Supercars returns tomorrow with the third and final race of the Winton Super Sprint weekend.

Charlie Price – charlie@sportscarglobal.com