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McLaughlin hands Volvo maiden V8 win

Sunday 16th March, 2014 - 1:59pm

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Scott McLaughlin takes the chequered flag

Scott McLaughlin takes the chequered flag

Scott McLaughlin recorded Volvo’s first V8 Supercars race victory in an action-packed finale to the MSS Security Challenge at Albert Park.

McLaughlin held off Craig Lowndes in the closing stages of the 12 lap Race 4 to secure the race and overall weekend victory.

The result comes in just Volvo’s second V8 Supercars event having joined the championship with existing outfit Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Second for Lowndes secured second for the weekend, while Michael Caruso rounded out the Race 4 and weekend podiums.

Winner of the opening three races, Shane van Gisbergen, led the opening half-lap before being overtaken by Fabian Coulthard.

Coulthard’s right-front tyre was heavily flat-spotted in the move, however, ensuring he could not hold off McLaughlin’s advances two laps later.

With his car visibly struggling for rear-grip, Van Gisbergen gradually fell down the order as the laps progressed, eventually finishing 14th.

The race was punctuated by a Safety Car on Lap 7 to retrieve Todd Kelly’s Nissan, which had stopped on the circuit after an engine issue.

The restart lap brought carnage, with Rick Kelly, Jamie Whincup and James Moffat getting together at Turn 9 while fighting for fourth.

All three cars were left stranded in the gravel trap, with officials electing to continue the final three laps using a local yellow, rather than call the Safety Car.

Coulthard hung on for fifth with his tyre problem, while Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney, Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth made the most of the chaos to complete the top 10.

See below for the full Race 4 result

1 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 12 25:35.42
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 12 25:36.50
3 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 12 25:42.01
4 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 12 25:42.01
5 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 12 25:42.78
6 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 12 25:42.94
7 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 12 25:43.11
8 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 12 25:44.41
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 12 25:46.93
10 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 12 25:48.23
11 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 12 25:52.41
12 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 12 25:53.79
13 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 12 25:54.04
14 Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 12 25:56.47
15 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 12 25:56.61
16 Jeld-wen Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 12 25:57.84
17 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 12 26:06.25
18 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 12 26:45.46
DNF Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 8 17:40.10
DNF Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 8 17:40.14
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 8 17:40.64
DNF Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 8 17:41.24
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 6 12:10.92

See below for the final weekend points

Pos Team Driver Car Points
1 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 329
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 319
3 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 299
4 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 298
5 Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 287
6 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 277
7 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 205
8 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 196
9 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 172
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 172
11 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 165
12 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 152
13 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 149
14 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 137
15 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 136
16 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 126
17 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 126
18 Jeld-wen Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 121
19 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 113
20 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 111
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 108
22 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 102
23 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60  73
24 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG  59
25 Team ADVAM / GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF  40

 

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