The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship began the way season 2020 ended, with Shane van Gisbergen first to meet the chequered flag.
Through so much off-season change, from driver switches to team revamps, van Gisbergen's win at least proved there's some normalcy.
However, his rivals will want nothing of the sort, with the likes of Cameron Waters and Chaz Mostert keeping a close watching brief.
Supercars.com looks back at five talking points from the weekend that was.
Mountain conquered, but the big test remains
For the third time in his career, van Gisbergen completed a clean sweep to commence a new season.
Precedent suggests it won't go his way in 2021; when he swept the 2017 and 2018 season-openers in Adelaide, he failed to go on to win the title.
For all his success across multiple disciplines, van Gisbergen has made his name in Supercars, yet has only claimed one championship.
After his 2016 breakthough, which came in his maiden Triple Eight campaign, he has fallen short, with Scott McLaughlin emerging as the driver to beat between 2017 and 2020.
All the while, van Gisbergen lingered, but was unable to add to his 2016 title, coming closest in 2018. However, looking at his Bathurst double last weekend, you'd be a fool to suggest he won't be there come the Gold Coast finale in December.
Regardless, he made it look easy in Bathurst, and while there is much more to play out, van Gisbergen made one hell of a statement.
In his post-race column for Supercars.com, Neil Crompton summed it perfectly: "God knows what will unfold as the season pans out. That’s the beauty of Supercar racing... but Shane will be a tough cookie to roll, and his Bathurst performance proved that."
The team proved it has made more ground in the off-season, with second-year main game driver Bryce Fullwood helping the team to a top-five first in three years on the Saturday.
The next step for WAU is making sure its two cars are firing on all cylinders at every circuit in 2021. Mostert has long been touted as a future champion, and the ingredients are there for WAU to make it work this season.
However, the performance of Tim Blanchard's new operation was one of, if not the story of the weekend, with Tim Slade a standout driver.
Slade's Race 1 accident, which ended the team's weekend early, was the obvious headline. However, Slade's remarkable front row start for the race, his first front row start in nearly five years, was an extraordinary achievement.
The team left Bathurst with zero points and a bent Mustang, but Slade's speed impressed many, few greater than Crompton: "For him to be out of a drive... then to come out last weekend and make such a statement, it was very impressive.
"It was against the grain for Tim and his team; it’s near-impossible, in most circumstances, to perform with a brand-new team with a new driver who is race-rusty, working with a new engineer in a new car."
Cam a genuine contender
Tickford Racing entered 2021 with a renewed focus, having downscaled to three cars in the off-season. After Bathurst, it emerged that Waters truly was the team's best hope to win its first title in six years.