After several stops to make adjustments Coulthard battled home to finish 16th.
In the fastest ever 1000km classic - just three cars failed to finish and only twice was the Safety Car called onto the track; one being for an incident with a kangaroo!
The victory also marks the first in the 11 year history of the Castrol-backed Ford Performance Racing outfit.
James Moffat and Taz Douglas were the best of the Nissan Altimas in 18th place after a trying day.
Lee Holdsworth continued his impressive lead-up to the Great Race with the seventh fastest time of the session with 2:09.37 in the Irwin Tools E63 AMG.
Lee Holdsworth: "It's a little bit disappointing as we had a really good car at the start of the session,”
The Top Ten Shoot-out begins tomorrow at 5pm.
Tomorrow, the Nissan Motorsport will be on track at 10.05am AEST for practice, while on Sunday, a final practice will be held at 7.25am ahead of ‘The Great Race’ at 10.30am.
The Jack Daniel’s Racing Nissan Altima’s will take to the Bathurst circuit for the first time on Thursday for practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell emerged victorious in the opening round of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup for V8 Supercars.
The team moves onto the Bathurst 1000 next month motivated by its showing of good straight-line speed and some positive results from the weekend.
In a tough race for the new V8 Supercars squad, Kelly claimed his 11th place result was “almost like a win” after a tough day at the office.
After asserting themselves as midfield contenders in qualifying, Russell brought the black Altima home in 15th place during his qualifying race.
The three Erebus Motorsport E63 AMG’s have been trialling different setups ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session and twin 20-lap qualifying races.
All three of the Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercars have completed every single racing lap of the weekend.
Moffat finished 11th and eighth today, following on from his landmark race win yesterday – Nissan’s first win in Australian Touring Car Championship for 21 years.
Whincup leads on 1847 points from Craig Lowndes (1800) and Will Davison (1792).
The four-car factory outfit conducted a two day test at Winton last week, clocking up over 2000km between the four cars.
Michael Krumm and Lucas Ordonez will now fly to Japan for this weekend’s Super GT round at Suzuka.
The Nissan Motorsport team will enjoy its first test since racing the new Nissan Altimas at Winton Motor Raceway in two weeks.
Two qualifying sessions and two 100km races will round out the Queensland Raceway event tomorrow.