Scott McLaughlin scored a commanding win in the opening race at the Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint, extending his championship lead and edging one step closer to a rare three-peat of titles.
McLaughlin scored his 10th ARMOR ALL Pole for the year and led from start to finish for the entire 39-lap journey in a flawless display on the North Queensland street circuit.
Behind McLaughlin was fellow Ford driver Cam Waters who was second, Chaz Mostert was best of the Holden’s in third – the pair now with three podiums from their last four starts.
McLaughlin’s nearest rival in the Championship, Jamie Whincup started seventh and fought hard to finish fourth.
The result means the kiwi Shell Ford ace now leads the seven-time Supercars Champion by 143 points with just nine races to go in 2020.
Today’s result marks McLaughlin’s second win in a row, following his victory in the final race six days ago.
“We had a great qualifying car which we worked on all this morning, but we didn’t touch the race car at all from last week,” he said. “It bodes well for tomorrow.”
Second-place getter Waters said after today’s result: “We tried a lot of things in practice to help what we lacked last week. I think we fixed some but Scotty Mac is obviously still pretty quick.
“I’m pretty motivated, I hate losing, as everyone does, and we’re working really hard. We’ll keep working and we’ll hunt him down.”
There were two big name casualties today, Red Bull Holden ace Shane van Gisbergen who started second and 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds, both finished without a result today following power steering failures.
McLaughlin now leads the standings by 143 points from Whincup, with Mostert third 398 behind, and van Gisbergen falling behind Waters to fifth.
The Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint will continue with another two ARMOR ALL Qualifying sessions and two 39-lap races on Sunday.
Race 1 Results
|1||17||McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+0.000s|
|2||6||C. Waters||Monster Energy Racing||+3.490|
|3||25||Mostert||Mobil 1 TM Appliances Online||+10.816|
|4||88||Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||+16.008|
|5||99||A. de Pasquale||Penrite Racing||+17.989|
|7||12||Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+29.585|
|8||55||J. Le Brocq||Supercheap Auto Racing||+30.266|
|9||20||S. Pye||DEWALT Racing||+32.539|
|10||44||Courtney||Boost Mobile Racing||+34.985|
|11||15||R. Kelly||Castrol Racing||+39.590|
|12||14||T. Hazelwood||Team Black Duck||+42.910|
|13||19||A. Davison||Local Legends Racing||+43.867|
|15||35||G. Jacobson||Yellow Cover Racing||+45.468|
|16||5||Holdsworth||Truck Assist Racing||+45.763|
|17||2||B. Fullwood||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||+57.276|
|18||7||Heimgartner||NED Whisky Racing||+59.150|
|19||3||M. Jones||Team CoolDrive||+1:01.726|
|20||34||J. Kostecki||UNIT Racing||+1:02.510|
|21||22||C. Pither||Team SYDNEY||+1:06.334|
|22||4||J. Smith||SCT Motor Sports||+8 Laps|
|NC||97||Van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||+18 Laps|
|NC||9||Reynolds||Penrite Racing||+23 Laps|