McLaughlin turns pole into victory at Hampton Downs

Race 1 winner Scott McLaughlin

Race 1 winner Scott McLaughlin

Queensland-based driver Scott McLaughlin has taken his first V8 SuperTourers victory in the Mike Pero 250 at Hampton Downs today.

After taking pole earlier in the day, the Supercheap Auto Commodore driver lead all bar one of the race’s 20 laps after making a small error on the first lap. He recovered to take a convincing race win, setting the fastest lap time of the race.

Andy Booth took advantage of McLaughlin’s nervous start and led the opening lap, before McLaughlin executed a pass on Lap 2 for a lead that he would not surrender.

Booth finished a solid second, holding off a fast finishing Jonny Reid, who banked a bunch of points towards his title lead.

Local hero Greg Murphy fought back from a poor qualifying session to take fourth, while John McIntyre was fifth, despite a last lap clash with Andy Knight. Knight fell down the order finished the race in ninth place.

Kayne Scott finished sixth ahead of Paul Manuell, Andre Heimgartner, Knight and Steven Richards.

Debutants Angus Fogg and Daniel Gaunt ran together in the race before contact spun Foggy to the back of the grid and earned Gaunt a drive through penalty in the Tasman Motorsports car. They brought up the rear of the field in 13th and 14th.

Races 2 and 3 will be held at Hampton Downs tomorrow.

Results, Race 1 

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 93 Scott McLaughlin 20 21:40.491 1:04.232 7 147.403
2 23 Andy Booth 20 21:43.209 2.718 1:04.521 7 146.743
3 2 Jonny Reid 20 21:44.110 3.619 1:04.549 14 146.679
4 51 Greg Murphy 20 21:45.848 5.357 1:04.581 4 146.607
5 47 John McIntyre 20 21:53.583 13.092 1:04.937 10 145.803
6 99 Kayne Scott 20 21:55.908 15.417 1:04.847 9 146.005
7 15 Paul Manuell 20 21:56.108 15.617 1:04.905 7 145.875
8 22 Andre Heimgartner 20 21:56.370 15.879 1:04.934 9 145.810
9 5 Andy Knight 20 22:00.120 19.629 1:04.790 11 146.134
10 556 Steven Richards 20 22:00.479 19.988 1:04.678 18 146.387
11 69 Eddie Bell 20 22:04.372 23.881 1:05.130 5 145.371
12 12 Geoff Emery 20 22:04.918 24.427 1:04.979 18 145.709
13 247 Angus Fogg 20 22:24.078 43.587 1:05.159 4 145.306
14 31 Daniel Gaunt 20 22:27.383 46.892 1:04.860 20 145.976
Not classified (75% = 15 Laps)
15 96 Ant Pedersen 11 12:03.400 9 Laps 1:04.672 9 146.400
16 10 Richard Moore 0 4.240 20 Laps –:–:–.— 0
17 27 Craig Baird 0 4.532 0.292 –:–:–.— 0

 

 

 

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