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.
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.
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.
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
13. James Moffat, Nissan Altima, 1155
22. Michael Caruso, Nissan Altima, 809