McLaughlin claims Queensland V8 win

McLaughlin claims Queensland V8 win

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McLaughlin claims Queensland V8 win

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Rising V8 Supercars star Scott McLaughlin claimed the third win of his rookie season in race two of the Queensland Raceway weekend.

McLaughlin had already taken wins in the non-championship Melbourne Formula 1 support event and the Pukekohe points round. The Garry Rogers Holden beat pole-sitting champion Jamie Whincup’s Triple 8 Commodore off the line on a slightly damp track.

The circuit very rapidly dried and McLaughlin was able to hold Whincup at arm’s length throughout. He was untroubled by a safety car to retrieve debris from Lee Holdsworth’s Mercedes, ultimately winning by 0.6 second.

James Courtney celebrated his new Holden Racing Team deal with a podium, as he shadowed the leaders in third.

Fabian Coulthard emerged from a wild early gaggle to take a lonely fourth. His Brad Jones Holden teammate Jason Bright grabbed fifth from star rookie Chaz Mostert on the line.

Mostert had qualified a stunning fourth and briefly jumped to second on lap one before being elbowed back. Ford Performance Racing duo Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom and Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes all had underwhelming qualifying sessions and could not recover. They finished ninth, 10th and 12th, with a similarly disappointed Garth Tander among them in 11th.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                      Time/Gap 1.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Holden                 39m34.7532s 2.  Jamie Whincup        Triple 8 Holden               +0.6989s 3.  James Courtney       HRT Holden                    +2.4137s 4.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden             +5.9757s 5.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden             +8.6228s 6.  Chaz Mostert         Dick Johnson Ford             +8.6395s 7.  Alex Davison         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford          +14.2398s 8.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford            +18.6166s 9.  Will Davison         FPR Ford                     +18.9585s10.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                     +19.1623s11.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                   +20.1390s12.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden              +20.8702s13.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes    +21.6127s14.  Alexandre Premat     GRM Holden                   +22.8117s15.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden                 +23.9540s16.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden            +24.0870s17.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden                 +25.2683s18.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden             +26.0855s19.  Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford            +26.7501s20.  Russel Ingall        Walkinshaw/HRT Holden        +26.8486s21.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                       +30.1338s22.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                       +30.4490s23.  James Moffat         Nissan                       +31.9247s24.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                       +32.5983s25.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden              +34.4602s26.  Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden              +36.8342s27.  Maro Engel           Erebus Mercedes              +38.7258sRetirements:     Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes                 5 laps

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