Holden's David Reynolds has bounced back from a forgettable Supercars round to storm back to the podium in Darwin.
The Erebus character was unable to convert his first pole for three years as Scott McLaughlin won his sixth race of the season but it was still a welcome return to form.
By finishing third he made up ground in the championship standings that he lost at Winton in May.
While disappointed to see McLaughlin and Red Bull Holden's Shane van Gisbergen edge past him in the 42-lap race on Saturday, Reynolds was still pleased.
"Winton was pretty dog s**t for us," Reynolds said.
"I wish we had a bad round earlier and started the break on a high.
"But it was business as normal for us ... and it paid off today.
"We didn't opt to test (during the break) like everyone else.
"There's not much you can learn off Winton, it goes round and round and you get dizzy and get sick from doing too many laps."
Reynolds will be desperate to stop McLaughlin's dominance on Sunday as the Ford ace continues to go further ahead in the series.
His 22nd career win put him 143 points clear of van Gisbergen while Reynolds is in third 339 points behind.
McLaughlin will be eager to become the first man to take out the elusive Triple Crown, which has been untouched since being introduced for the Darwin round in 2006.
He will have to win the top-10 qualifying shootout, along with Sunday's second 70-lap race to add it to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.