McLaughlin/Premat score stunning comeback win 

Scott McLaughlin crosses the line to win Race 22

Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat produced an impressive comeback drive to score a crucial victory in Race 22 of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

The #17 Falcon climbed from 13th on the grid after qualifying struggles to take victory after making the most of a strong opening stint and an inspired pit strategy and drive from McLaughlin.

Co-driver Alex Premat drove superbly to hand over to McLaughlin in fourth spot, but it was the decision to pit early on lap 59 that set up the win.

The undercut proved successful as the Kiwi took the lead from Jamie Whincup, who led every lap until that moment, following a strong start from Paul Dumbrell.

Despite question marks over fuel, McLaughlin held firm under pressure from Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen to take the win in a Safety Car free race held in dry conditions.

Whincup came home second with van Gisbergen third after the #97 entry had occupied second until the final round of stops.

Meanwhile, Prodrive’s Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen took out the Pirtek Enduro Cup after finishing seventh.

The victory has seen Whincup open up a 17 point lead over Fabian Coulthard in the championship after the Kiwi recovered to ninth from 22nd on the grid.

McLaughlin is just 27 points adrift in third after taking his first win since Queensland Raceway in August.

All co-drivers except Erebus’ Dale Wood took the start that saw Dumbrell jump team-mate and pole-sitter Matt Campbell (#97 Triple Eight), while Steven Richards (#888 Triple Eight) slotted into third.

Richie Stanaway (#6 Prodrive) made ground from seventh to fourth in the opening stint ahead of Dean Canto (Prodrive) and Premat, who quickly climbed from 13th to sixth.

Jack Perkins fell from fourth to seventh as he battled an issue with his Mobil 1 HSV Racing Commodore.

While Dumbrell enjoyed a comfortable lead over Campbell at the front, drama struck Stanaway when he made a lunge on Richards at Turn 4 just before the first round of stops.

The Kiwi bent a steering arm after contact with the Triple Eight, which saw him crawl into the pits, while the lead group ducked in for service and a driver change.

Prodrive were able to fix the Falcon but lost two laps in the process.

Whincup took over the #88 in the lead from Dumbrell with team-mate van Gisbergen in second and Lowndes in third.

The #17 Falcon rejoined the race in fourth with McLaughlin at the wheel, after Premat’s strong opening stint.

Mark Winterbottom occupied fifth ahead of James Courtney, while an impressive performance from Tony D’Alberto handed Coulthard ninth spot after the first pit stops.

Whincup increased his lead to 4.5s prior to the second compulsory stops having been aided by a drop off in pace for van Gisbergen.

Van Gisbergen was able to recover and bring the gap back to three seconds, before pitting to cover off McLaughlin, who went for an aggressive undercut.

The strategy worked as he rejoined ahead of van Gisbergen and Lowndes in second.

Second then became the lead after Whincup stopped on lap 64 before rejoining behind the #17 Ford.

McLaughlin opened up a 1.1s lead Whincup with van Gisbergen a second further back.

However, he maintained the position to take the victory from the Triple Eight duo.

Lowndes brought the #888 home in fourth ahead of Winterbottom and Canto in fifth, and Courtney and Perkins in sixth.

Mostert and Owen were seventh while Lee Holdsworth and Karl Reindler took eighth.

The top 10 was completed by Nick Percat and Macauley Jones (Brad Jones Racing).

After scoring a deserved third place finish yesterday, the Freightliner Racing Holden of Tim Slade and Andre Heimgartner was an early casualty.

Heimgartner was turned around by Nissan’s Dean Fiore at Turn 11 which resulted in damage as the former was sent backwards into the wall.

It returned to the race 17 laps down before finishing in 23rd spot behind Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway in 21st spot.

Reigning Bathurst 1000 winners David Reynolds and Luke Youlden also hit drama, when Youlden found the wall hard at the Beach chicane on Lap 14 , causing terminal damage to the right side of the Holden.

The championship heads to New Zealand for the ITM Auckland Super Sprint from November 3-5.

Results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Race 22

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Falcon FG/X 102 2:05:17.3924
2 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 102 2:05:18.8676
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust S.Van Gisbergen/M.Campbell Holden Commodore VF 102 2:05:19.9094
4 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 102 2:05:38.4415
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 102 2:05:43.2090
6 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 102 2:05:45.8307
7 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 102 2:05:48.8329
8 Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 102 2:05:48.9755
9 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 102 2:05:49.3921
10 Boost Mobile N.Percat/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 102 2:06:01.9458
11 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/D.Wall Nissan Altima 102 2:06:09.9539
12 carsales Racing T.Kelly/J.Le Brocq Nissan Altima 102 2:06:10.9037
13 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 102 2:06:18.5210
14 TEKNO Woodstock Racing W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 102 2:06:19.6463
15 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 102 2:06:27.3579
16 MEGA Racing J.Bright/G.Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 101 2:05:21.9426
17 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 101 2:05:24.6401
18 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 101 2:05:36.4051
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 101 2:05:38.9933
20 Team CoolDrive T.Blanchard/T.Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 101 2:06:23.6958
21 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 100 2:06:13.8097
22 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 85 2:06:13.8238
23 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/D.Russell Nissan Altima 85 2:06:43.0889
DNF Repair Management Aust Racing A.Rullo/A.Davison Holden Commodore VF 20 25:46.3993
DNF Erebus Penrite Racing Luke Youlden Holden Commodore VF 15 53:47.0248
DNF Plus Fitness Racing A.Russell/T.Douglas Holden Commodore VF 8 1:07:18.9164

Championship points

1 Jamie Whincup 2580
2 Fabian Coulthard 2563
3 Scott McLaughlin 2553
4 Chaz Mostert 2454
5 Shane Van Gisbergen 2391
6 Craig Lowndes 1950
7 Mark Winterbottom 1872
8 Cameron Waters 1858
9 David Reynolds 1857
10 Garth Tander 1830
11 Scott Pye 1504
12 Michael Caruso 1476
13 Tim Slade 1449
14 Rick Kelly 1434
15 Will Davison 1386
16 Lee Holdsworth 1359
17 James Moffat 1326
18 James Courtney 1320
19 Todd Kelly 1287
20 Jason Bright 1284
21 Nick Percat 1215
22 Tim Blanchard 1071
23 Dale Wood 1035
24 Simona De Silvestro 927
25 Steve Owen 660
26 James Golding 624
27 Tony D’Alberto 612
28 Richie Stanaway 594
29 Alex Rullo 594
30 Matthew Campbell 591
31 Paul Dumbrell 534
32 Steven Richards 504
33 Warren Luff 498
34 Alexandre Premat 495
35 Jack Le Brocq 485
36 Dean Fiore 465
37 Luke Youlden 462
38 Chris Pither 462
39 Garry Jacobson 417
40 Jack Perkins 417
41 David Wall 408
42 Jonathon Webb 372
43 Dean Canto 369
44 Macauley Jones 345
45 Andre Heimgartner 336
46 Todd Hazelwood 333
47 Taz Douglas 306
48 Alex Davison 297
49 Richard Muscat 291
50 Karl Reindler 270
51 David Russell 195
52 Aaren Russell 177
53 Shae Davies 153
54 Cameron McConville 81
55 Matthew Brabham 57
56 Ashley Walsh 0

Pirtek Enduro Cup: 2017 results

1 Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen 660
2 Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto 612
3 Cameron Waters/Richie Stanaway 594
4 Shane van Gisbergen/Matthew Campbell 591
5 Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell 534
6 Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards 504
7 Scott Pye/Warren Luff 498
8 Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat 495
9 Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore 465
10 David Reynolds/Luke Youlden 462
11 Dale Wood/Chris Pither 462
12 Garth Tander/James Golding 462
13 Jason Bright/Garry Jacobson 417
14 James Courtney/Jack Perkins 417
15 Rick Kelly/David Wall 408
16 Todd Kelly/Jack Le Brocq 375
17 Will Davison/Jonathon Webb 372
18 Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto 369
19 Tim Slade/Andre Heimgartner 333
20 James Moffat/Richard Muscat 291
21 Lee Holdsworth/Karl Reindler 270
22 Tim Blanchard/Todd Hazelwood 243
23 Simona De Silvestro/David Russell 198
24 Nick Percat/Macauley Jones 198
25 Alex Rullo/Alex Davison 156
26 Aaren Russell/Taz Douglas 108
27 Tim Slade/Ash Walsh 0

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