Chaz Mostert and James Moffat claimed Tickford Racing’s first Supercars win in 12 months in the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 opener, as Scott McLaughlin took the points lead.

The Supercheap Auto Falcon won the 102-lap race by 9.5 seconds, having gained the lead through Moffat on lap 36, while McLaughlin and Alex Premat finished fifth.

That was enough for McLaughlin to displace Shane van Gisbergen at the top of the championship, on a turbulent day for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

A pitlane stall for Paul Dumbrell triggered a chain of events that left van Gisbergen and Earl Bamber 10th and Jamie Whincup and Dumbrell 14th.

Both entries served drive-through penalties for unsafe pitlane releases, with van Gisbergen going from 19 points ahead of McLaughlin to 14 behind with five races remaining.

The last wins for both Mostert and Tickford came in the corresponding race at the Gold Coast last October, while Moffat’s only other Supercars victory came with Nissan at Winton in 2013.

“James drove the wheels off it and gave it back in a good position. I just tried to manage the gap and look after the car,” Mostert said.

“It’s been a tough year, it really has, and this guy is unbelievable. We’re lucky to have him.”

Holden pairings Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards, from 21st on the grid, and James Courtney/Jack Perkins rounded out the podium, just ahead of David Reynolds/Luke Youlden.

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Chaz Mostert and James Moffat win Race 1 at the Gold Coast 600, 2018