Dominant McLaughlin makes it three in a row

Roger Penske entered the Supercars series and the Australians never knew what hit them
Roger Penske entered the Supercars series and the Australians never knew what hit them

Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin’s irrepressible form has no signs of stopping anytime soon after a two-from-two at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint, increasing his overall title lead.

His freakish form has delivered ten wins from 14 starts with today’s little more than a canter for the Shell V-Power Ford Mustang from ARMOR ALL Pole Position.

With one more win already this year than his Championship season last year McLaughlin joins Glenn Seton (1997), Craig Lowndes (2000) and Jamie Whincup (2011) on ten wins in a season.

Should his current form continue the all-time record of 16 race wins set by Lowndes in 1996 may well be within reach with 17 races still remaining in the season.

His comfortable win over team-mate Fabian Coulthard was faultless from his perfect start to the team strategy and two well executed pit stops; and only one late safety car.

Coulthard too, was well up the road compared to Jamie Whincup in third. The two Mustangs were virtually in races of their own, in clean air and with no threats throughout until the late safety car.

Even then the two cleared out with six laps to go, sealing another 1-2 for the team.

Behind the Ford pair there were interesting battles throughout.

Whincup was third courtesy an undercut of David Reynolds in the pits with the two locked in battle in the closing laps following the safety car.

Lee Holdsworth was fifth ahead of Cameron Waters, Shane van Gisbergen, Scott Pye, Nick Percat and Chaz Mostert who recovered from last after two first lap excursions and a 15-second penalty.

McLaughlin now leads the Championship by 244 points from Coulthard heading into the 7th round of the year, the upcoming BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown which runs from 14-16 June.

Results

POS NO. DRIVER TEAM Behind
1 17 McLaughlin T. D'Alberto, A. Premat Shell V-Power Racing Team +0.000
2 12 Coulthard A. Premat, T. D'Alberto Shell V-Power Racing Team +0.766
3 88 Whincup Lowndes, Tander Red Bull Holden Racing Australia +1.988
4 9 Reynolds J. Boys, B. Feeney Erebus Motorsport +4.354
5 5 Holdsworth T. Randle, Moffat The Bottle-O Racing Team +5.393
6 6 C. Waters A. Davison, Caruso Tickford Racing +7.767
7 97 Van Gisbergen Lowndes, Tander Red Bull Holden Racing Australia +8.261
8 2 S. Pye J. Perkins, W. Luff Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing +9.014
9 8 Percat Blanchard, Walsh Brad Jones Racing +9.240
10 55 Mostert T. Randle, Moffat Supercheap Auto Racing +9.491
11 7 Heimgartner B. Fullwood, Wood Nissan Motorsport +12.779
12 14 Slade Blanchard, Walsh Brad Jones Racing +13.087
13 22 Courtney J. Perkins, W. Luff Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing +13.824
14 33 R. Stanaway R. Muscat, C. Pither Wilson Security Racing GRM +14.314
15 35 T. Hazelwood J. Heinrich Bigmate Racing +14.939
16 21 M. Jones D. Canto CoolDrive Racing +15.217
17 99 A. de Pasquale J. Boys, B. Feeney Erebus Motorsport +15.566
18 3 G. Jacobson D. Fiore, A. Rullo Nissan Nismo +15.917
19 34 J. Golding R. Muscat Wilson Security Racing GRM +17.378
20 19 J. Le Brocq J. Webb TEKNO Woodstock Racing +37.975
21 4 J. Smith Drillpro Racing +1 Lap
22 18 Winterbottom S. Richards Preston Hire Racing +1 Lap
23 78 S. De Silvestro D. Fiore, A. Rullo Nissan Nismo +1 Lap
NC 23 Davison Caruso, A. Davison Monster Energy Racing +11 Laps
NC 15 R. Kelly B. Fullwood, Wood Nissan Motorsport +33 Laps

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