McLaughlin turns tables on Whincup in Race 23

Scott McLaughlin celebrates victory

Scott McLaughlin celebrates victory

Scott McLaughlin has scored the second victory of his rookie V8 Supercars Championship season with a controlled performance in Race 23 at Ipswich.

The Fujitsu GRM Holden driver, who shadowed Jamie Whincup to the line in Race 22 on Saturday, proved more than a match for the four-time champion over the 100km journey.

Beating Whincup off the line, McLaughlin showed the way for all 32 laps to lead home his Red Bull Holden rival by 0.7s.

The race was run in dry conditions, with threatening skies failing to deliver. A mid-race Safety Car for debris also failed to change proceedings at the front.

The most intense moment came on the opening lap when Chaz Mostert shot from fourth on the grid to challenge Whincup around the outside of Turns 1, 2 and 3.

Mostert soon fell to seventh by running wide at the Turn 3 hairpin. He recovered to be as high as fifth, only to be pipped by a fast-finishing Jason Bright at the chequered flag.

Further up the road, James Courtney celebrated his new Holden Racing Team contract with third, one place ahead of Fabian Coulthard.

Alex Davison, David Reynolds, Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom completed the top 10.

Tim Slade’s Erebus Mercedes ran in the top 10 during the early stages before eventually falling to 13th.

Fortunes were again far worse for team-mate Lee Holdsworth, who chalked up a fifth consecutive failure to finish after coming off worst in a three-car squeeze with Scott Pye and Shane van Gisbegen moments prior to the Safety Car.

Van Gisbergen, who had struggled in the early stages, took the opportunity to take a new set of tyres under the full course caution. He eventually recovered to 17th.

Nissan’s tough weekend continued as all four of its cars came home line astern outside the top 20.

A final 100km race will complete the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 later this afternoon.

See below for the full Race 23 result

1 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 32 39:34.75
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 32 39:35.45
3 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 32 39:37.17
4 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 32 39:40.73
5 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 32 39:43.38
6 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 32 39:43.39
7 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 32 39:48.99
8 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 32 39:53.37
9 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 32 39:53.71
10 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 32 39:53.92
11 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 32 39:54.89
12 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 32 39:55.62
13 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 32 39:56.37
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 32 39:57.56
15 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 32 39:58.71
16 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 32 39:58.84
17 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 32 40:00.02
18 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 32 40:00.84
19 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 32 40:01.50
20 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 32 40:01.60
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 32 40:04.89
22 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 32 40:05.20
23 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 32 40:06.68
24 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 32 40:07.35
25 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 32 40:09.21
26 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 32 40:11.59
27 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 32 40:13.48
DNF Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 5 06:11.15


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