Coulthard pounces in carnage-filled Race 11
DJR TEAM Penske ended its Darwin drought emphatically, Fabian Coulthard leading Scott McLaughlin home in an action-packed Race 11.
Falling to fourth off the start, an early pit stop vaulted Coulthard to the lead, the championship leader holding off his teammate for his third win of the season, and the team's first at Hidden Valley.
"It's my first as well. Credit to all these guys and girls behind me," Coulthard said.
"Scotty played pretty kind there, a 1-2 for the team, you couldn't ask for much more."
Nick Percat sealed his first podium finish for Brad Jones Racing, withstanding pressure from Jamie Whincup and Chaz Mostert for the second half of the race.
Race 11 was a disaster for reigning series champion Shane van Gisbergen.
The Kiwi charged past early leader David Reynolds and checked out to a handy margin, but a blown tyre on Lap 19 dropped him to the back of the field.
He carved his way forward after the Safety Car period, but a late tangle with Garth Tander and Jason Bright left him parked with broken steering and no points.
That Safety Car period was for the polesitter, Rick Kelly.
The Nissan driver led the early laps before making his pit stop, popping out into what would have been second place, but a stuck throttle sent him into the barriers on that same fateful Lap 19.
The race was action-packed from the first corner.
Mark Winterbottom tangled with Dale Wood in an incident that will be investigated by the stewards after the race, Frosty eventually recovering to finish 14th.
At the end of the lap, both Todd Kelly and Michael Caruso were turned around in separate incidents, James Courtney copping a 15 second penalty for his role in dispatching the elder Kelly brother.
A lap later saw wildcard driver Macauley Jones spinning across the pit straight after a brush with Courtney exiting the final corner.
Tander's late-race tangle had been precipitated by a hip-and-shoulder from Will Davison at the final corner as they battled for 13th.
Even the man on the second step of the podium wasn't immune.
McLaughlin would likely have won the race, but for a mistake while battling the younger Kelly for the lead.
The Kiwi tried to pass him around the outside but instead ended up out on the grass.
"That was an absolute brainfart on my behalf, so sorry to everyone at Shell V-Power Racing," a sheepish McLaughlin explained.
"I was trying to hang it on the (cushion) and it didn't work!"
Percat was as relieved as he was thrilled to join the DJR Team Penske pilots on the podium after fighting off the advances of Whincup and Mostert.
"I was more nervous in those last 16 laps than I was leading Clipsal or at Bathurst last year because I knew how much it meant for the team," he said.
"This is my first legit podium on pace, it meant a lot to me."
Cameron Waters finished sixth from Craig Lowndes, who made up 11 spots from 18th on the grid to finish seventh.
Reynolds fell to eighth after an electrical issue left him frustrated and distracted. James Moffat finished a solid ninth ahead of Lee Holdsworth, capping off his return to Hidden Valley with a top 10 finish.