Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen have firmed as favourites for the third V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup after a thrilling Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 won by Red Bull Racing Australia's Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards.
Wilson Security Sandown 500 winners Winterbottom and Owen finished second in the 100-kilometre epic around the 6.2kmMount Panorama circuit.
The Prodrive Racing Australia Ford drivers hold a 78 point advantage in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup over Holden Racing Team duo, Garth Tander - and 2013 PIRTEK Enduro Cup winner with Lowndes, Warren Luff - who finished third today.
Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb hold down third in the Enduro Cup chase after Bathurst, 60 points behind the Tander/Luff combination.
Bathurst Winners, Lowndes and Richards are fourth heading to the Gold Coast.
Seven Holdens occupy the top 10 in PIRTEK Enduro Cup points standings with two Fords and a Volvo.
The Castrol Gold Coast 600 runs fromOctober 23-25, a tight turnaround for the teams.