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Trevor Collett | Aug, 26 2013 | 8 Comments

Nissan has claimed its first one-two finish in Australian touring car racing since the days of the all-conquering ‘Godzilla’ Nissan GT-R.

James Moffat and Michael Caruso led the field home in Race 25 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton Raceway in Victoria on Saturday, which also marked the Nissan Altima’s first win in the series.

The last one-two finish for Nissan in Australia was achieved by Mark Skaife and Jim Richards at Oran Park Raceway (which is now a housing estate, sadly) in 1992.

It was Jamie Whincup who initially led the 40-lap race - split into two 20-lap sprints under the 60/60 Super Sprint format - in his Red Bull Racing Holden Commodore, only to retire with mechanical dramas.

Moffat led all of the 20-lap second race stanza.

“I’ve worked hard to get to this point in my career and to breakthrough for my first win means a lot,” Moffat said.

“Naturally, if we were going to go well at any circuit, this was the one. It’s our test track, and I was very happy with the way we ended our test day, but I wasn’t getting carried away, because we know how finicky this track can be.”

Race 26: None of the four Nissan drivers could repeat the brilliance of race 25 on Sunday, with Moffat being the best placed driver in eleventh. Team Nissan brothers Todd and Rick Kelly were 14th and 21st respectively, while Caruso failed to finish.

The race was won by Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom, followed by Jason Bright and James Courtney in Holden VF Commodores.

Race 27: Moffat lifted the team to eighth in race 27, but it was a miserable event for the remaining three Nissan drivers, with Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly and Caruso all failing to finish.

James Courtney won the race in his Holden Racing Team Commodore, with Fabian Coulthard bringing his Commodore home second and Chaz Mostert third for Ford.

2013 V8 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after 27 races)

1. Jamie Whincup, Holden Commodore, 1847
2. Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore, 1800
3. Will Davison, Ford Falcon, 1792
4. Mark Winterbottom, Ford Falcon, 1777
5. Fabian Coulthard, Holden Commodore, 1709
6. James Courtney, Holden Commodore, 1687
7. Jason Bright, Holden Commodore, 1649
8. Shane Van Gisbergen, Holden Commodore, 1632
9. Garth Tander, Holden Commodore, 1602
10. Scott McLaughlin, Holden Commodore, 1318
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13. James Moffat, Nissan Altima, 1155
22. Michael Caruso, Nissan Altima, 809

 
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