McLaughlin makes history in Darwin; extends Supercars lead

Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin’s unstoppable forms continues as the records tumble one after the other.

McLaughlin made history by winning the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown for the first time, the prize awarded to the driver and team who wins both races and the ARMOR ALL top ten shootout.

It as his fifth straight win since a second to Shell V-Power team-mate Fabian Coulthard under lights in Perth last month following his 11 front row starts this year.

Having equaled Peter Brock’s 57 pole positions in the morning for second on the all-time list, McLaughlin cruised to victory to take every trophy on offer across the weekend.

It brought up 12 wins from 16 races this season.

“It has been an awesome thing for all our guys and girls and Ford Performance to get the first triple crown. It was a big team effort," McLaughlin said.

“It’s so cool but I have a great car, great team. I am lucky, I am 26 now and living the dream driving race cars. I love driving race cars and I am lucky I drive a fast one.

Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds and Coulthard were the best of the rest, with second place a sizable 14 seconds behind the winner.

Race 2 Start
Race 2 Start

“We still need a lot to catch these cars around me, otherwise a really good job from the boys," Reynolds said. “We did everything we could but didn’t get there."

The Championship leader waltzed away at the front to lead by 7.6s when he and Reynolds pitted together on lap 19 of the 70.

While McLaughlin emerged in front, Reynolds was behind four drivers to have made earlier stops, led by Cameron Waters.

McLaughlin's buffer during the second stint grew to more than 13s over Waters, who had Coulthard and Reynolds for company before the final round of stops.

Reynolds cemented third in the championship with his third podium in the last four races.
Coulthard had to settle for third place, albeit within a second of Reynolds.

Cam Waters ran fourth into the closing stages, ahead of Jamie Whincup, Lee Holdsworth and Chaz Mostert. Having started 11th, Whincup finished a messy opening lap down in 24th place, but pitted early and put clean air to good use in his recovery.

Behind that pack, Anton De Pasquale took eighth, ahead of Will Davison and Shane van Gisbergen, who could not match team-mate Whincup's inroads from 16th.

The Championship now shifts to the Watpac Townsville 400 from 5-7 July.

Race 2 Results

Pos Driver Team St Laps
1 Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team – Ford Mustang GT 1 70
2 David Reynolds Penrite Racing – Holden Commodore ZB 3 70
3 Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team – Ford Mustang GT 2 70
4 Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing Team – Ford Mustang GT 4 70
5 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team – Holden Commodore ZB 11 70
6 Chaz Mostert Supercheap Auto Racing – Ford Mustang GT 8 70
7 Lee Holdsworth The Bottle-O Racing Team – Ford Mustang GT 5 70
8 Anton de Pasquale Penrite Racing – Holden Commodore ZB 6 70
9 Will Davison Milwaukee Racing -Ford Mustang GT 7 70
10 Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team – Holden Commodore ZB 16 70
11 Andre Heimgartner Plus Fitness Racing -Nissan Altima 14 70
12 Mark Winterbottom Irwin Racing – Holden Commodore ZB 10 70
13 Todd Hazelwood Bigmate Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 12 70
14 James Courtney Mobil MEGA Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 13 70
15 Nick Percat Dunlop Racing – Holden Commodore ZB 250 70
16 Rick Kelly Castrol Racing – Nissan Altima 9 70
17 James Golding Boost Mobile Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 22 69
18 Tim Slade Freightliner Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 17 69
19 Scott Pye Mobil MEGA Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 15 69
20 Simona De Silvestro Team Harvey Norman -Nissan Altima 18 69
21 Jack Le Brocq Truck Assist TEKNO Racing – Holden Commodore ZB 21 69
22 Macauley Jones Team CoolDrive -Holden Commodore ZB 24 69
23 Chris Pither Boost Mobile Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 19 69
24 Garry Jacobson Racing -Nissan Altima 20 69
25 Jack Smith SCT Logistics Racing -Holden Commodore ZB 23 69

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