McLaughlin breaks Lowndes’ season record in Auckland

Scott McLaughlin and his kids
Scott McLaughlin and his kids

Scott McLaughlin has grabbed victory to break Craig Lowndes’ all-time season winning record in chaotic circumstances at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

The young Kiwi scored his 17th win of the season to break Lowndes’ 1996 record with the victory over Shane van Gisbergen and Chaz Mostert.

McLaughlin benefited from an early safety car which, combined with pit strategy, gifted him the lead from Jamie Whincup who was penalized, one which he held to the end.

“I wanted so badly to do this on New Zealand soil. I am really proud to be up there with a guy like him (Lowndes). I am a luck guy driving a cool car and a proud New Zealander trying to do my thing," McLaughlin said.

“There was a bit going on before I thought this might actually work out for us. Jamie (Whincup) got the penalty so it gifted us the lead in some ways."

Van Gisbergen’s second place scored him the coveted Jason Richards Trophy following his Saturday victory. He became the first person to win the trophy named after the young New Zealand Supercar driver, who died from cancer in 2011, twice.

Van Gisbergen grabs lead at start
Van Gisbergen grabs lead at start

“I thought with 20 laps to go I was safe in second. It was then I thought I could either cruise and collect or fight like Jason would so I stood on it to the end," Van Gisbergen said.

“I knew I probably wasn’t going to catch Scott but shit I gave it a good go."

In what was almost a mirror image of the Saturday race a safety car caused mass confusion when called out for David Reynold’s Penrite Racing Commodore that was stopped on the track.

The safety car positioned itself in front of Whincup who then chose to pass it, which meant a penalty. Lee Holdsworth, who had been second, and the rest of the field stayed behind the safety car only to be passed by cars that went in for pit stops.

Holdsworth was the big victim falling from second to 11th, along with his team-mates Cam Waters and Will Davison behind him. Several other cars that stopped early were also affected.

In turn Nick Percat, Todd Hazelwood and Scott Pye followed Mostert while Simona de Silvestro had her best career finish with seventh. Behind them in the top 10 was Mark Winterbottom, Richie Stanaway and James Golding.

McLaughlin now leads the Championship by 598 points from van Gisbergen while Mostert is third ahead of Coulthard, Whincup and Reynolds.

Following today's dramatic Race 24 all eyes now turn to the biggest race on the calendar, next month's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Teams will return home and begin preparations before the event, where over 200-thousand fans and the eyes of the motorsport world will be on Mount Panorama from 10-13 October.

Every practice, qualifying and race session of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is broadcast live in high definition on Fox Sports and Kayo within Australia.

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: "I am so stoked to get that done on home soil. We made the car so much better today, my team is just incredible and I am so fortunate to drive for them. Wow. Breaking that Lowndes record is very special, but doing it here in New Zealand makes it even more special. Thank so much to all of the amazing fans out here today, I'm so proud to have gotten it done today."

Results

POS # DRIVER TEAM TIME POINTS
1 17 McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team 1:17:38.793 159
2 97 Van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team +1.898 138
3 55 Mostert Supercheap Auto Racing +6.043 129
4 8 Percat NZ Safety Blackwoods Racing +6.566 120
5 35 T. Hazelwood Bigmate Racing +31.654 111
6 2 S. Pye Mobil 1 Racing +43.751 102
7 78 S. De Silvestro Team Harvey Norman +44.932 96
8 18 Winterbottom Irwin Racing +47.365 90
9 33 R. Stanaway Boost Mobile Racing +50.136 84
10 34 J. Golding Boost Mobile Racing +50.952 78
11 15 R. Kelly Castrol Racing +53.074 72
12 12 Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team +53.406 69
13 23 Davison Milwaukee Racing +53.864 66
14 6 C. Waters Monster Energy Racing Team +54.160 72
15 5 Holdsworth The Bottle-O Racing Team +55.603 69
16 88 Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team +55.969 21
17 22 Courtney Mobil 1 Racing +58.177 54
18 14 Slade Machinery House Racing +58.733 51
19 7 Heimgartner Plus Fitness Racing +1:01.575 48
20 99 A. de Pasquale Penrite Racing +1 Lap 45
21 3 G. Jacobson RABBLE.club Racing +1 Lap 42
22 21 M. Jones Team CoolDrive +2 Laps 39
23 19 J. Le Brocq Truck Assist TEKNO Racing +2 Laps 36
24 9 Reynolds Penrite Racing +16 Laps 42

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