McLaughlin takes maiden win as Coulthard secures weekend

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

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

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