The Bathurst season-opener rewarded some, but not all, with the Repco Mt Panorama 500 playing host to a number of key storylines.
The two races were vastly different affairs; one was punctuated by high drama and accidents, while the other was settled by a battle in BP Ultimate Pit Lane.
There were major talkings points everywhere you looked, but one driver stood taller than the rest to stamp his claim on the 2021 title, right from the very first event.
Supercars.com picks out the storylines that left some leaving Bathurst with confidence, and others with work to do heading to Sandown next month.
Shane van Gisbergen
The Kiwi recovered from a subdued Friday practice showing to dominate both races and leave the mountain with a maximum 300-point haul.
Van Gisbergen was the beneficiary of a Cameron Waters power steering drama on Saturday, but on Sunday, he defeated his Tickford rival thanks to sheer pace, with the #97 firing in several qualifying-style laps in the middle stint to create a race-winning gap.
Walkinshaw Andretti United
Chaz Mostert clinched podiums on both days, with Bryce Fullwood finishing an impressive fifth on Saturday. It marked the first instance since Albert Park 2018 that both WAU cars finished in the top five.
To Sandown, both WAU drivers are inside the top seven in the championship, with the Clayton squad second in the teams' standings.
Scott Pye was unable to translate his Saturday speed into a result following a first-lap incident, but he recovered to finish eighth on Sunday, helping Schwerkolt's squad to third in the teams' standings.
While seventh on Sunday would have disappointed Davison, the veteran's podium a day earlier ensured Dick Johnson Racing made the right move in signing the two-time Bathurst 1000 winner.
Davison and teammate Anton De Pasquale were largely matched on the time sheets, but race results win championships.
He returned refreshed on Sunday, and was solid en route to fourth. However, he is already 180 points from the championship lead.
All three Tickford drivers suffered separate dramas across the weekend, leaving the Ford team with just one podium across both races.
Waters impressed to second on Sunday, but it could have been better following a questionable pit call. He is already 117 points behind van Gisbergen, having dropped out of contention on Saturday following a power steering drama.
James Courtney's Sunday ended with an accident at the Cutting, while Jack Le Brocq, who was the team's best on Saturday with sixth, has been placed on antibiotics due to a severely-burned foot following Race 2.
While pleased with his first weekend with new engineer Wes McDougall, the 122-time race winner is already 102 points adrift of his Red Bull Ampol Racing teammate after just one event.
Brad Jones Racing
The mountain was cruel to the Albury squad, with the team forced to change engines for Macauley Jones and Todd Hazelwood on Saturday night.
Nick Percat's Saturday was scuppered by an electrical issue, but he recovered on Sunday to reach the top 10. Hazelwood also clinched a top 10 finish on Saturday, but the team was left wanting across its four entries.