McLaughlin cruises to Barbagallo double

Tom Howard

Sunday 7th May, 2017 - 5:55pm

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Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin produced a faultless drive to claim his second win of the Perth Super Sprint weekend.

The DJR Team Penske driver was rarely challenged throughout the 83 lap journey as his team executed a slick two-stop strategy at Barbagallo Raceway.

McLaughlin only lost the lead through the pit stop cycles as he showcased impressive pace while preserving his tyres on the abrasive surface.

The pole-sitter led Prodrive’s Chaz Mostert, who started second, to the chequered flag with a 4.6s margin.

McLaughlin’s victory saw the 23-year-old move to second in the championship 31 points behind team-mate Fabian Coulthard.

“To be honest I was pretty nervous about my first races in front of the bosses, but they employed me because they believed in me, said McLaughlin.

“To do it in front of them where they can see it, not just second hand text messages is pretty awesome.”

Red Bull Holden Racing team’s Jamie Whincup made the most of a good start from sixth to claim the final place on the podium, following a strong two-stop strategy.

Mark Winterbottom was able to bring the #5 Prodrive Falcon home in fourth ahead of Tekno Autosports Will Davison.

Coulthard was the first of the three-stoppers to reach the finish in seventh behind Shane van Gisbergen.

McLaughlin managed to get the jump at the start as he led Mostert and Winterbottom, while Whincup just got the better of van Gisbergen for fourth following a heated opening lap tussle.

Coulthard dropped a position to sixth before falling away from the top five in the early laps.

The Kiwi continued to struggle as he fell to eighth behind Jason Bright before ducking into the pits on lap 12.

It proved to be an eventful start for Craig Lowndes who started from the rear of his grid when the engine in his Triple Eight Commodore died going to the grid.

He was then turned around by Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Alex Rullo at the final corner which resulted in a 15 second time penalty for the Perth teenager.

Whincup was the first of the leaders to pit from fourth on lap 24 and he was followed a lap later by van Gisbergen.

Mostert was next to blink followed by race leader McLaughlin a lap later, having built up a five second lead over the former.

Following the round of first stops Cameron Waters assumed the lead having been the first to pit, while McLaughlin held second after being let through by the three-stopping Coulthard.

Waters’ second pit stop handed McLaughlin the lead from Mostert and Whincup, who’s decision to pit early saw him undercut Winterbottom and climb to third.

McLaughlin continued to power on, opening up a five-second lead over Mostert, with Whincup third as the race ticked into the final third.

The Race 7 winner made his final stop on lap 58 and emerged from the pits with a net lead over Mostert and Whincup who pitted slightly earlier.

Once the final stops were completed McLaughlin cooly led Mostert and Whincup to the chequered flag.

Winterbottom salvaged fourth ahead of Davison, while a charging van Gisbergen overtook Coulthard on the penultimate lap to secure sixth.

Despite suffering engine issues, Lowndes produced an impressive recovery to eighth, while Garth Tander (GRM) and Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing) completed the top 10.

Mobil 1 HSV Racing’s struggles continued with Scott Pye finishing 14th, with James Courtney slumping to 22nd position after a late stop for fuel.

The race ran without a Safety Car with all 26 cars reaching the finish.

Supercars debutant Matthew Brabham finished 26th after undertaking a three-stop strategy.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship – Perth Super Sprint, Race 8

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 83 01:22:17.6422
2 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 83 01:22:22.2537
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 83 01:22:23.5234
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 83 01:22:30.7971
5 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 83 01:22:32.3424
6 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 83 01:22:32.7159
7 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 83 01:22:34.0603
8 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 83 01:22:48.8549
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 83 01:22:54.4524
10 BIANTE 1:1 Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 83 01:22:58.3529
11 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 83 01:23:00.8728
12 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 83 01:23:01.6061
13 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 83 01:23:01.7594
14 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 83 01:23:10.7262
15 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 83 01:23:12.2236
16 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 83 01:23:13.7799
17 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 83 01:23:15.5058
18 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 83 01:23:16.0722
19 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 82 01:22:18.4199
20 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 82 01:22:18.8843
21 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 82 01:22:20.2638
22 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 82 01:22:34.6118
23 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 82 01:22:40.5197
24 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 82 01:22:41.7013
25 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 81 01:22:44.3517
26 Repair Management Aust Racing Matthew Brabham Holden Commodore VF 80 01:22:24.6623

Championship Standings

1 Fabian Coulthard 802
2 Shane Van Gisbergen 783
3 Jamie Whincup 780
4 Scott McLaughlin 771
5 Chaz Mostert 771
6 Mark Winterbottom 648
7 Garth Tander 606
8 Craig Lowndes 564
9 Cameron Waters 544
10 James Moffat 507
11 David Reynolds 501
12 Tim Slade 468
13 Michael Caruso 456
14 Todd Kelly 436
15 James Courtney 429
16 Rick Kelly 429
17 Lee Holdsworth 426
18 Scott Pye 405
19 Will Davison 351
20 Jason Bright 351
21 Simona De Silvestro 342
22 Nick Percat 327
23 Tim Blanchard 273
24 Dale Wood 257
25 Alex Rullo 168
26 Taz Douglas 144
27 Matthew Brabham  57