Despite the presence of international drivers, for the regulars, the races still counted towards the championship, making it an important weekend for Jamie Whincup who went into the event leading his team mate in the championship by a slender 161 points. This also piled extra pressure on Sebastien Bourdais who shared Whincup's Holden this weekend.
|Ricky Taylor's Holden ended up on it's roof|
From the off there was drama with Indy Car star James Hinchcliffe getting away slowly. Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi drove into him, and was then subsequently hit by Simon Pagenaud. Ricky Taylor followed before going into a violent roll with the car coming to a rest on it's roof.
The mayhem at the start meant that there was a red flag and a 30 minutes delay.
Once the race got restarted, Frenchamn Nicolas Minassian stalled, then what appeared to be a mirror image of the start ensued. Fellow French star Franck Montagny hit the back of Minassian, spinning, losing a wheel and causing another red flag.
With a quarter of the field wiped out and the race reduced for 102 laps to 79 due to time constraints, it was to be third time lucky for the race start.
|The #1 car was in a league of it's own|
The comparitively calm restart did not mean an end to the drama, with Gianni Morbidelli and Peter Kox both hitting walls, the latter collecting American Indy Car racer Marco Andretti.
On lap 25, Sebastien Bourdais reclaimed the lead from Mika Salo before the Finn snatched back first place seconds later.
|Turner and Courtney had a tough afternoon|
|Whincup and Bourdais were faultless|
3 cars were to miss the second race the next day after the start line mayhem of Saturday's race. The #3 Tony D'Alberto Racing Ford Falcon of Tony D'Alberto and Vitantonio Liuzzi, and the #11 and #33 Holden Commodores of Karl Reindler and Franck Montagny, and Greg Ritter and Ricky Taylor respectively were too damaged to be able to make the start of Sunday's race.
Race 2The start of race two on Sunday afternoon proved to be slightly less dramatic than Saturday, but not completely plain sailing.
Sebastien Bourdais again started on pole after Jamie Whincup continued his impressive Gold Coast qualifying form, again topping the charts in the earlier qualifying session.
The race looked set to start in the same vain as race one after Peter Kox stalled on the grid. A crash was ultimately avoided and the race got underway after a short safety car period with Bourdais leading and Marc Lieb passing Indy Car's Will Power for second.
|Salo was impressive throughout the weekend|
On lap 36, a pitstop for the #34 Fujitsu Racing Holden saw the car drive off with it's right rear tyre missing from the car. Mark Winterbottom was caught up in the incident leading to further frustration for Ford Performance Racing's star driver after he was caught up in a pitlane incident in race One as well.
It seemed certain to be another win for TeamVodafone's #1 car as Sebastien Bourdais continued to lead on lap 33. The lead was to go away as Jamie Whincup took over the car on lap 37.
The other TeamVodafone Holden Commodore of Richard Lyons and Craig Lowndes had to deal with clutch problems, but it continued in the race with Lowndes fighting behind the wheel.
|Salo and Davidson were victorious in race 2|
A late safety car led to a ten lap sprint to the checkered flag. Will Davidson held on to take the win for FPR, redeeming himslef for hitting the wall and taking his team out of contention in Saturday's race. Jamie Whincup secured second with Will Davidson's teammate Mark Winterbottom fighting through to take third, Will Davidson and Mika Salo's win in the #6 FPR Ford brought and end to Holden and TeamVodafone;s 11 race winning streak.
|Bourdais again secured the Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy|