McLaughlin is first to win Darwin Triple Crown for three years in a row
Scott McLaughlin (DJR Team Penske) performed perfectly again and won both races of the Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway, the seventh round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The Sunday’s triumph is McLaughlin’s 12th victory this year and 37th Supercars win in a career.
He also became the first driver to take Supercars’ Darwin Triple Crown trophy for winning both races and topping Sunday’s Top 10 Shootout. Since the event was introduced in 2006, nobody did that until Scott McLaughlin’s perfect performance in the #17 Ford Mustang.
He also became the first to win at Hidden Valley for three years in a row, tying Jamie Whincup with three total victories. The record holder is Craig Lowndes who won four Triple Crown events at Hidden Valley.
McLaughlin started the race from pole and stayed in control until the end, crossing the line 13.8319 seconds ahead of Penrite Racing/Erebus Motorsport’s #9 Holden Commodore of David Reynolds. McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard finished third in the #12 Ford Mustang, confirming his second place in the championship after 16 races.
Coulthard is now more than 300 points behind McLaughlin (1946:1627). David Reynolds is third in the championship, 140 points behind Coulthard.
Cameron Waters (Tickford Racing Ford) finished fourth in Sunday’s race, ahead of Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden), Lee Holdsworth and Chaz Mostert (both Tickford Racing). Anton De Pasquale (Erebus Holden) took the eighth place, ahead of Will Davison (23Red Racing Ford) and Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Holden).
The next event is the Townsville 400 at Townsville Street Circuit in Queensland on July 6-7.