Scott McLaughlin claims historic victory in Race 6

Scott McLaughlin shoots to his maiden V8SC Championship win at Pukekohe

Scott McLaughlin shoots to his maiden V8SC Championship win at Pukekohe

Kiwi sensation Scott McLaughlin recorded a memorable maiden Championship victory in V8 Supercars in front of a delighted crowd at Pukekohe Park.

Capitalising on the misfortunes of polesitter Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom, McLaughlin produced a flawless display in his Garry Rogers Commodore to beat Jason Bright (BOC Commodore) and Red Bull driver Craig Lowndes in the 35-lap Race 6.

McLaughlin became the fifth different Championship winner this season as Kiwi drivers dominate the V8 year. The victory validated his effort to win a support race at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park last month.

More importantly he has now became the youngest winner of an ATCC/V8 Supercars Championship race at 19, surpassing Todd Kelly who was 20 when he won in Canberra in 2000.

The race began in sensational circumstances when Whincup went straight on at the chicane on the opening lap, handing the lead to Winterbottom.

Whincup pitted but was then penalised for speeding in the pitlane and found himself a lap down at the 2.9km circuit.

Meanwhile Winterbottom took charge of the race until he suffered a failure of the left rear tyre on lap 11 before limping into his pit bay for service.

Winterbottom recovered somewhat from the back of the back with Whincup and finished 19th, fearing much better than the four-times Championship winner who languished in 26th, one position ahead of McLaughlin’s team-mate Alex Premat.

Premat had faced a 10 second penalty for a false start and was for a portion of the race acting as a wingman for McLaughlin as he held down second place before experiencing problems in his Commodore which forced him into the garage.

McLaughlin took the lead after Winterbottom’s tyre failure which ignited the large crowd into a frenzy.

The 19-year-old once again showed maturity beyond his years to produce a faultless display in front despite being pressured heavily at times by Bright.

“This is beyond my wildest dreams. I feel like cracking a beer now and celebrating with my team because they have done a fabulous job,” McLaughlin told Speedcafe.

“I definitely felt Brighty behind me putting the pressure on and I just blocked everything out and made sure I hit my marks every lap.”

“We have three races to go and I reckon we have a great chance of getting our hands on that Jason Richards trophy.”

Fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen finished fourth ahead of compatriot Fabian Coulthard with Garth Tander sixth after losing third place late in the race after running wide.

V8 SUPERCARS: Race 6 – Pukekohe 

Position Driver Team
1  Scott McLaughlin  Fujitsu Racing GRM
2  Jason Bright  Team BOC
3  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia
4  Shane van Gisbergen  TEKNO Team VIP
5  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing
6  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team
7  Will Davison  Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford
8  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O FPR Ford
9  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team
10  Jonathon Webb  Tekno Autosports
11  Alex Davison  Jeld-wen FPR Ford
12  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing
13  Michael Caruso  Norton 360 Racing
14  Russell Ingall  Supercheap Auto Racing
15  Tim Blanchard  Wilson Security Racing
16  Tony D’Alberto  Team HIFLEX
17  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing
18  Lee Holdsworth  IRWIN Racing
19  Mark Winterbottom  Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford
20  Dean Fiore  Dodo Insurance Racing
21  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing
22  James Moffat  Norton 360 Racing
23  Jonny Reid  Wilson Security Racing
24  Maro Engel  SP Tools Racing
25  Tim Slade  Heavy Haulage Australia Racing
26  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia
DNF  Alexandre Premat  Fujitsu Racing GRM




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