McLaughlin claims Ford’s first win at The Bend

McLaughlin holds off Mostert
McLaughlin holds off Mostert

Defending Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin has a chance to equal the great Craig Lowndes season record of 16 race wins tomorrow after claiming an historic win at the OTR SuperSprint this afternoon.

The Shell V-Power Mustang ace started from second but got the jump on pole position winner Chaz Mostert to lead from start to finish on the winding South Australian track this afternoon. McLaughlin then kept his cool in tough cool conditions to claim his 15th win of 2019.

Mostert came home in second while Penrite Racing youngster Anton De Pasquale claimed his second podium finish of his career to finish third.

The race featured several incidents on the opening lap that the leaders were lucky to avoid, including a spin by Will Davison in his 200th career round start and a crash between Todd Hazelwood and Nissan's Simona De Silvestro who began the race from her best-ever starting position in 13th.

The incident Hazelwood with a bonnet flapping in front of his windscreen for an entire lap before he safely pitted for repairs.

Behind the podium winners, Holden’s Mark Winterbottom finished fourth in front of Nissan’s Andre Heimgartner and the Holdens of Shane van Gisbergen, David Reynolds and Nick Percat while Cam Waters Monster Energy Mustang finished 9th and James Courtney rounded out the top ten.

Top-3 on podium
Top-3 on podium

Seven-time Supercar Champion and race winner at The Bend in 2018 Jamie Whincup finished in 11th place following an early-off after trying to get around Reynolds.

McLaughlin’s win extended his Championship lead over teammate Fabian Coulthard to 514 points while Mostert moves back into third and Shane van Gisbergen remains the best of the Holden drivers in fourth ahead of Whincup and Reynolds.

McLaughlin said: “I knew the start was going to be the key and that was probably the best start for me for the year. That was just hooked up and got going.

“[There's been] a lot of hard work behind the scenes. I’ve been working hard on my fitness and on the preparation side for Tailem Bend, as well as the team on the car. I’m just proud that it all came together."

Race start
Race start

Mostert said he was surprised to have lost out at the start.

“He kind of out-grunted me … the launch and all that was OK but I just couldn’t go in a straight line with that thing so look a credit to the car," he said.

“I was able to keep the gap for most of the race with him so I’m pretty positive, I’m looking forward to tomorrow."

He added of the late fuel scare: “I think there was plenty but just being cautious, you never want to come across the last couple of corners and have a big cough.

“The guys know their numbers but they are never 100 percent, so yeah, when the alarm is flashing at you, you just back out of it."

Results

POS # DRIVER TEAM BEHIND
1 17 McLaughlin G. Murphy Shell V-Power Racing Team +0.000
2 55 Mostert Moffat Supercheap Auto Racing +7.074
3 99 A. de Pasquale W. Brown, L. Youlden Penrite Racing +25.107
4 18 Winterbottom S. Richards Irwin Racing +29.458
5 7 Heimgartner B. Fullwood, Wood Plus Fitness Racing +29.727
6 97 Van Gisbergen Lowndes, Tander Red Bull Holden Racing Team +30.455
7 9 Reynolds W. Brown, L. Youlden Penrite Racing +30.837
8 8 Percat Blanchard, Walsh X Convenience Mobil Racing +31.092
9 6 C. Waters Caruso, A. Davison Monster Energy Racing Team +33.690
10 22 Courtney J. Perkins, W. Luff Mobil 1 MEGA Racing +34.901
11 88 Whincup Lowndes, Tander Red Bull Holden Racing Team +36.757
12 12 Coulthard G. Murphy Shell V-Power Racing Team +37.522
13 5 Holdsworth Moffat The Bottle-O Racing Team +37.823
14 14 Slade Blanchard, Walsh Freightliner Racing +38.352
15 2 S. Pye J. Perkins, W. Luff Mobil 1 MEGA Racing +42.918
16 33 R. Stanaway R. Muscat, C. Pither Boost Mobile Racing +44.010
17 66 T. Randle Scandia Racing +45.555
18 34 J. Golding R. Muscat, C. Pither Boost Mobile Racing +50.548
19 21 M. Jones D. Canto Team CoolDrive +54.735
20 3 G. Jacobson D. Fiore, A. Rullo RABBLE.club Racing +57.773
21 19 J. Le Brocq J. Webb Truck Assist TEKNO Racing +1:04.081
22 4 J. Smith SCT Logistics Racing +1:09.048
23 15 R. Kelly B. Fullwood, Wood Castrol Racing +1:46.900
NC 78 S. De Silvestro D. Fiore, A. Rullo Team Harvey Norman +23 Laps
NC 23 Davison Caruso, A. Davison Milwaukee Racing +23 Laps
NC 35 T. Hazelwood Unit Racing +23 Laps

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