McLaughlin claims Queensland V8 win

McLaughlin claims Queensland V8 win

Australian Supercars

McLaughlin claims Queensland V8 win


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                     +18.9585s
10.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                     +19.1623s
11.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                   +20.1390s
12.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden              +20.8702s
13.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes    +21.6127s
14.  Alexandre Premat     GRM Holden                   +22.8117s
15.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden                 +23.9540s
16.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden            +24.0870s
17.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden                 +25.2683s
18.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden             +26.0855s
19.  Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford            +26.7501s
20.  Russel Ingall        Walkinshaw/HRT Holden        +26.8486s
21.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                       +30.1338s
22.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                       +30.4490s
23.  James Moffat         Nissan                       +31.9247s
24.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                       +32.5983s
25.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden              +34.4602s
26.  Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden              +36.8342s
27.  Maro Engel           Erebus Mercedes              +38.7258s


     Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes                 5 laps