McLaughlin takes first points race win for Volvo

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin scored Volvo’s first V8 Supercars Championship race victory in an impressive show of speed and consistency at Barbagallo.

The victory follows McLaughlin’s non-championship race win for the Swedish marque at Albert Park in March, and came after the S60’s fourth pole position of the year.

The 42 lap encounter was typically dominated by tyre longevity on the abrasive Barbagallo surface, with pitstop timing crucial.

McLaughlin surrendered the lead to fellow front-row starter Craig Lowndes off the line, before losing further position to Russell Ingall as he battled Fabian Coulthard on the opening lap.

The Volvo package soon proved superior, however, with McLaughlin cutting through to the lead as the pitstops started just prior to half distance.

Running sixth and ninth respective in the early going, Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom were among the first to pit; subsequently emerging from the pitstop cycle ahead of the Volvo.

McLaughlin overtook both rivals on Lap 24 of 42 before making short work Jack Perkins and Shane van Gisbergen – the only two drivers that elected to go through without a stop.

Fabian Coulthard was one of the last front-runners to pit, allowing the Lockwood Holden to climb from ninth to second across the final 14 circuits.

Chaz Mostert likewise used his marginally fresher tyres to overtake team-mate Winterbottom for third in the dying laps.

Lee Holdsworth, Craig Lowndes, Will Davison, Todd Kelly, James Courtney and David Reynolds completed the top 10.

Third-placed qualifier Ingall plummeted from third to 10th over the space of just four laps midway through the first stint, with his Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden proving brutal on its tyres.

The 2005 champion eventually steadied to finish 11th.

Jack Perkins – who had started last – bravely held on with his old tyres to finish 12th, while Van Gisbergen dropped all the way to the back.

A second 100km encounter will take place later this afternoon, with McLaughlin set to start second to Craig Lowndes.

Volvo’s impressive Barbagallo form comes in the first event since the implementation of engine regulation changes that were triggered by the early-season speed of the S60.

See below for the full race result for Race 14

Pos Driver Team Car
1  33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
2  14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
3   6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
4   5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
5   4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
6 888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
7   9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
8   7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
9  22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
10  55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
11  23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
12  18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG
13   8  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
14  17  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
15   2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
16  21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF
17   1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
18  16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
19  15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
20  36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
21 360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
22 222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
23  47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF
24  34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
25  97  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF


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