So much was at stake on the Hamilton streets on April 22, 2012, with Triple Eight and Ford Performance Racing sharing the wins to that point.
Both teams dominated the 2012 season, scooping all race wins on offer.
The Race 6 start in 2012
After falling short to Triple Eight year after year, FPR loomed to turn the tables in 2012, with Winterbottom’s win, which followed Will Davison’s Adelaide 500 breakthrough, signs that the tide was turning.
Whincup didn’t make it easy for Winterbottom; the #1 TeamVodafone Commodore closed a three-second margin over the final 10 laps to push Winterbottom all the way.
Winterbottom was also baulked by a backmarker in David Wall late on, which drew Whincup ever closer.
Both drivers ticked off their chicane shortcuts to push each other to the edge on the final lap, with Winterbottom edging away to win by 0.7s.