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McLaughlin and Percat claim wins on two-race day in Sydney
Nick Percat
Nick Percat

Supercars roared back to life in a big way this weekend and Nick Percat and Scott McLaughlin spoiled Jamie Whincup's 500th race party, claiming victories Sunday.

In a new-look three race format re-introduced as part of changes forced by COVID, Percat broke a four-year winless drought by overtaking Whincup in the dying stages of today's opening race.

In the opening race of the day, both Percat and Whincup were celebrating milestones: Whincup's career race 500 and Percat's career race 200.

The win also broke a four year winless drought for Percat's Albury-based team, Brad Jones Racing.

McLaughlin extended his Virgin Australia Championship lead with victory in the second and final race of the day at the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

After starting from pole, McLaughlin held off Whincup heading into turn one and opened an unassailable lead, with a perfect tire strategy allowing the two-time defending Supercars Champion to run away for his third race win of 2020.

It capped off a successful weekend for McLaughlin, who ended with two ARMOR ALL Pole Positions, two race victories and a third placing behind Percat and Whincup.

Behind McLaughlin on the podium in this afternoon's race was Ford's Lee Holdsworth, Whincup was third.

McLaughlin notches another win in final race of weekend
McLaughlin notches another win in final race of weekend

Today's weekend capped off a successful return to racing for Supercars after 15 weeks' out of action.

There were no major crashes and the new-look format proved a winner with teams, who were limited to relying on engineering data between races.

The only driver who had a major issue today was McLaughlin's Shell V-Power teammate Fabian Coulthard, who's Mustang broke down in the dying stages of this afternoon's race.

Percat stopped and transported Coulthard back to pit lane.

The results of this weekend mean McLaughlin now leads the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship by 49 points heading into next month's next round.

“Overall, it was a solid day and the outcome was exactly what we wanted. Our qualifying pace was right there all weekend, and I felt really comfortable with the car. We just had to make it better across the race run compared to yesterday, which we did. 

“I think we did a really good job with the car with regards to tyres. I couldn’t really look after them that well yesterday but we put a few thought processes into it and it went well today. The car was an absolute dream to drive in that last race.”

Results Sunday Race 2

18PercatDunlop Super Dealer Racing50:14.125100
288WhincupRed Bull Holden Racing Team+3.18192
317McLaughlinShell V-Power Racing Team+16.44786
425MostertMobil 1 TM Appliances Online+19.76980
59ReynoldsPenrite Racing+21.96274
66C. WatersMonster Energy Racing+23.04668
797Van GisbergenRed Bull Holden Racing Team+23.50364
818WinterbottomIRWIN Racing+24.37260
944CourtneyBoost Mobile Racing+28.98456
107HeimgartnerNED Whisky Racing+33.57052
1120S. PyeDEWALT Racing+37.59648
1299A. de PasqualePenrite Racing+38.52646
135HoldsworthTruck Assist Racing+39.18144
1455J. Le BrocqSupercheap Auto Racing+39.36242
1512CoulthardShell V-Power Racing Team+43.01240
163M. JonesTeam CoolDrive+49.85838
1719A. DavisonLocal Legends Racing+53.31236
1814T. HazelwoodBrut Military Grade+54.06034
1915R. KellyCastrol Racing+56.80232
202B. FullwoodMobil 1 TM Middy's Racing+57.58230
2135G. JacobsonYellow Cover Racing+1:00.12128
2222C. PitherTeam SYDNEY+1:05.83726
234J. SmithSCT Motor Sports+1:13.79724
2434J. KosteckiUNIT Racing+1 Lap22

Results Sunday Race 3

117McLaughlinShell V-Power Racing Team50:20.268100
25HoldsworthTruck Assist Racing+1.52092
388WhincupRed Bull Holden Racing Team+11.25186
49ReynoldsPenrite Racing+24.42880
518WinterbottomIRWIN Racing+25.64774
697Van GisbergenRed Bull Holden Racing Team+26.51768
799A. de PasqualePenrite Racing+26.95064
814T. HazelwoodBrut Military Grade+27.12960
98PercatDunlop Super Dealer Racing+27.99756
102B. FullwoodMobil 1 TM Middy's Racing+28.74952
1155J. Le BrocqSupercheap Auto Racing+31.85948
1220S. PyeDEWALT Racing+35.64746
136C. WatersMonster Energy Racing+36.85944
1444CourtneyBoost Mobile Racing+37.46242
157HeimgartnerNED Whisky Racing+40.62340
1625MostertMobil 1 TM Appliances Online+43.75438
1715R. KellyCastrol Racing+46.65736
184J. SmithSCT Motor Sports+47.01534
1935G. JacobsonYellow Cover Racing+48.06332
203M. JonesTeam CoolDrive+49.40030
2119A. DavisonLocal Legends Racing+49.82928
2234J. KosteckiUNIT Racing+50.59626
2322C. PitherTeam SYDNEY+1:17.38324
NC12CoulthardShell V-Power Racing Team+39.1370
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