Paul Dumbrell has steered his Holden Commodore to secure victory during a chaotic first race at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.
The Eggleston Motorsport driver edged Cameron Water's Ford Performance Racing prepared Falcon for the jump, managing to hold on to the lead from start to finish, despite three safety cars shortening his lead margin.
The first safety car was deployed after Kristian Lindbom and Matt Hansen speared off the track in a multi-car incident, causing a grass fire on the circuit.
As racing commenced after the first restart, Waters made contact with Kiwi gun Chris Pither while collecting veteran Steven Johnson on the way through in a spectacular shunt, causing Pither's Ice-Break Commodore to catch fire.
The incident is being investigated post-race, although Johnson made his mind up in an interview during the broadcast.
Johnson: "Waters obviously can't learn from his mistakes because he does it week in and week out" #coateshire400#V8SC