David Reynolds had to fend off Jamie Whincup in the closing laps of the wild super sprint race.
The second race of the Auckland weekend certainly was not short on drama. Craig Lowndes got the jump on poleman David Reynolds at the start and led the first half of the race.
On the first lap, Nick Percat cut the circuit and was issued a drive-through penalty for gaining an advantage. On Lap 12, the left-rear tire on Lowndes' Holden blew out at the end of the front stretch where cars are nearing 255km/h.
He made contact with the outside wall, forcing a safety car. This gave control of the race back to Reynolds, who fought hard to keep Whincup behind him in a six-lap sprint o the finish. With two laps remaining, Whincup made a bold move and contact was made. Reynolds battled back and kept the Bottle-O Ford out front.
Scott McLaughlin was the final driver on the podium.
The victory moves Reynolds to second in the championship standings, 287 behind Mark Winterbottom, who finished fourth. Shane van Gisbergen rounded out the top five, ahead of James Courtney, Tim Slade, Scott Pye, Fabian Coulthard, and Garth Tander.