Supercars at Albert Park: Three wins for the champ, LP Trophy for Mostert
The defending Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin (DJR Team Penske) has won three of four Supercars races at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, in the second round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season, but Chaz Mostert (Tickford Racing) collected the Larry Perkins Trophy with most points earned during the weekend.
After five wins in six races, Scott McLaughlin leads the championship with 500 points on his account, 31 more than Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden), who reached a podium two times in four Melbourne’s races. Chaz Mostert is third in the championship, 32 points behind Whincup.
Mostert earns Larry Perkins Trophy with one victory, two second-place finishes and a fifth-place finish in Albert Park’s four races. Mostert managed to win the third race of the weekend in which Scott McLaughlin didn’t start because of a bizarre collision with Cameron Waters on their way to the grid. Before that, McLaughlin had a perfect score with four wins in four races. He bounced back from his Saturday evening non-start to win the final race of the weekend.
After two wins in the season-opening round at Adelaide, Scott McLaughlin continued his dominance with pole position and a victory in the first leg of Melbourne’s four-race round. Behind McLaughlin in the #17 Ford Mustang, Fabian Coulthard finished second and made it a 1-2 victory for Team Penske while Cameron Waters finished third in the #6 Ford of Tickford Racing. The best Holden driver was Tim Slade in the sixth place.
In the second race, McLaughlin led from start to finish in the 13-lap sprint. Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters rounded one more all-Ford podium. This time, Jamie Whincup was the best among Holden drivers in the fourth place.
Before the third race, a bizarre accident occurred when pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin and second-fastest qualifier Cameron Waters made a contact on their way to the grid, damaging both Fords. They missed the race so Brad Jones pair Tim Slade and Nick Percat started the race in front from row 2.
Tim Slade managed to reach a podium with the third-place finish, behind Chaz Mostert and Jamie Whincup. After the fourth race, which Mostert started from pole position, three men on a podium were McLaughlin, Mostert and Whincup.
The next championship round is the Tasmania SuperSprint, scheduled for April 6-7 at Symmons Plains Raceway.