The longest-running lap record in Australian motorsport fell during Race Tasmania at Symmons Plains.
A messy qualifier kept the Trans Ams muscles tight.
The first turn caused its fair share of trouble for the brassy beasts, with a number of racers hitting the dirt.
This included Tasmanian Tim Shaw, who'd come to ground on the inside and stumble through the sand on the first turn.
Harris Racing's Aaron Seton continued his aggression to finish in pole, despite hitting the beach late in the laps.
Owen Kelly demonstrated his quality again, driving a clean qualifier to nab the second spot, with Nathan Herne and Brett Holdsworth finishing with third and fourth positions respectively.
The former Devonport native Kelly got off to a dominant start in the first race, quickly overtaking Seton.
Nasty contact after the first turn saw many in the middle take hits, including Shaw who'd head straight to the pits after the first lap.
A feisty Herne bided his time in fourth before using the hairpin to his advantage late in the race, overtaking both Holdsworth and Seton to move into second.
Later on, he'd commit the same manoevre to dethrone a confident Kelly and win the race. Kelly dropped to fifth behind another Tasmanian in GRM's Sam Walter.
"I'm pretty stoked to be honest," 18-year-old Herne said.
"We've always had strong race pace in our cars, but we never really had that qualifying edge.
"It proved itself here, we had heaps of race pace and we've put ourselves in a good position for the rest of the week."
1 - Nathan Herne
2 - Aaron Seton
3 - Brett Holdsworth
4 - Sam Walter
5 - Owen Kelly
Thomas Randle continued his remarkable run at Symmons.
He and Team BRM counterpart Joey Mawson pushed their S5000s to their limits in the qualifier, as did Team Valvoline's James Golding.
They'd qualify first, second and third respectively ahead of their first race, with Nathan Herne qualifying fourth.
A stutter at the hairpin saw Randle fall to second in the heat-one race. Fortunately, Mawson was close behind to take the lead, with Randle correcting and keeping pace.
Golding followed not far behind but Herne, hot off his Trans Am win, slid into the sand on the inside of the first turn in the second lap, taking him out of the contest.
Mawson held the lead throughout the race, finishing first with Randle second and Golding third.
Despite finishing second, Randle downed Alfredo Costanzo's 41-year-old S5000 lap record with his time of 49.8644 seconds.
"It's probably pretty bad that it hasn't been broken in 41 years but it's also very impressive," he said.
"Those cars were pretty crazy in the heyday - it's pretty special."
Randle himself has only recently finished chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last year.
Formula 4 champion Mawson was pleased with his run.
1 - Joey Mawson
2 - Thomas Randle
3 - James Golding
4 - Ricky Capo
5 - Tim Macrow
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT:
After a naughty false start by third-positioned Tony Karanfilovski, the TCMs were underway for their trophy race in the first formal event of the series.
Pole-positioned Marcus Zukanovic pulled out to a commanding lead early on, with Gerard McLeod keeping pace in second throughout the race.
After getting back to third, Karanfilovski struggled to hold on with the bulk of the pack not far behind.
Ryan Hansford eventually overtook him to take third, with Karanfilovski stumbling into the hairpin sand not long after and failing to finish.
Launceston's Adam Garwood also struggled to gain ground in the pack for most of the race, but managed to use others' errors to his advantage late, finishing fourth.
Zukanovic's lead didn't give, with him winning the trophy race.
Devonport-born and raised Bowe showed his Symmons know-how, getting off to an early sizeable lead in the next competition.
However, the race pace was slowed after MoCOMM Motorsport's Jim Pollicina took his Torana into the dirt on the first turn about lap seven.
Garwood used this as his chance to hit the gas and overtake Bowe.
In a Tasmanian racing greats showdown, Whiteline Racing's Garwood came out on top along with the TCM lap record of 57.1436 seconds.
"We had a pretty rough start yesterday, we made it up to the team by getting the win," Garwood said.
"The Touring Cars Masters don't really come down to Symmons that often ... to do it here is unbelieveable."
1 - Marcus Zukanovic
2 - Gerard McLeod
3 - Ryan Hansford
4 - Adam Garwood
5- Jim Pollicina
1 - Adam Garwood
2 - John Bowe
3 - Ryan Hansford
4 - Steve Johnson
5 - Cameron Tilley
IN OTHER NEWS:
Lee Holdsworth looked like a TCR veteran in the qualifiers, finishing in pole for his first race in TCR. Despite his best efforts, Garry Rogers member Jordan Cox failed to unseat Holdsworth by a mere 0.0931 seconds. Young Jay Hanson continued to amaze, taking the third spot.
Holdsworth proved unstoppable in his first TCR race, leading throughout but tailed closely by Cox.
Supercars stud Chaz Mostert bumped Hanson down to fourth for most of the race, before the 17-year-old snuck past to take third with Mostert dropping to sixth.
Updated: Hanson would later be penalised 10 seconds for his hairpin move past Mostert, promoting Josh Buchan to first.
"I just wanted to get the car off the line to be honest," Holdsworth said.
"Once I got away, I could get my head down and keep Jordan [Cox] back ... and to bring home the win was really good."