McLaughlin takes maiden win as Coulthard secures weekend
Fujitsu Racing GRM’s teenage rookie Scott McLaughlin has taken a maiden race win in V8 Supercars’ main game at Albert Park.
The reigning Dunlop Series winner led home Craig Lowndes and Fabian Coulthard at the end of the fourth and final 12 lap encounter.
Coulthard’s third place was enough to seal the weekend trophy following his three victories accumulated across Friday and Saturday.
David Reynolds took fourth in Race 4 ahead of Alex Davison, Jamie Whincup, Todd Kelly, Will Davison, Shane van Gisbergen and James Moffat.
Jason Bright was just 11th after a poor start and slow pitstop but secured second for the weekend regardless ahead of Will Davison.
Michael Caruso led a large portion of Race 4 before electing to complete his compulsory pitstop on the penultimate lap, from which he emerged 12th.
Coulthard had led the early laps after another strong start from pole position but fell off the road at Turn 3 following his Lap 5 pitstop, allowing McLaughlin (who had pitted on Lap 4) and Lowndes (who pitted on Lap 2) through.
Reynolds ran six laps on his first set of tyres and rejoined second to McLaughlin, but could not hold off Lowndes and Coulthard as he struggled for grip on his out-lap.
Mechanical problems accounted for James Courtney, Garth Tander, and Jonathon Webb while Russell Ingall and Mark Winterbottom were on the sidelines after an opening lap melee.
The grid required a major reshuffle less than half an hour prior to the start following the disqualification of eight cars from the Race 3 result.
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See below for the full Race 4 result
|1||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:35.7698|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:37.4550|
|3||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:37.7730|
|4||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:38.2450|
|5||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:42.5451|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:44.1641|
|7||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||24:45.1049|
|8||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:49.6681|
|9||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:49.7835|
|10||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||12||24:50.1502|
|11||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:52.1995|
|12||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||12||24:55.8220|
|13||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||12||24:57.1532|
|14||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||12||24:57.9161|
|15||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||12||24:58.3970|
|16||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||12||25:03.5404|
|17||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||12||25:03.7100|
|18||Wilson Security Racing||Jonny Reid||Ford Falcon FG||12||25:04.4280|
|19||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||12||25:06.3739|
|20||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||25:09.8769|
|21||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||12||25:10.1244|
|DNF||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||6||12:55.2168|
|DNF||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||5||10:08.7744|
|DNF||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||2||4:18.1706|
|DNF||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG|
|DNF||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF|
|DNF||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF|