V8 Supercars: Two of two for Scott McLaughlin at Philip Island
Scott McLaughlin (GRM Wilson Security Racing) dominated at the Philip Island circuit and won both races of the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint to became the first double winner of the 2016 V8 Supercars Championship. On Sunday, the 22-year old Volvo driver repeated the Saturday’s scenario, he first took the pole and then dominantly won in the 200-km race.
McLaughlin crossed the finish line with 1.005 sec gap ahead of defending champion Mark Winterbottom in the Bottle-O-Racing’s Ford FG X Falcon. Another Ford’s driver Scott Pye took the third spot on the podium.
Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) was the best Holden driver in fourth place and he confirmed his championship lead after seven races. He collected 651 points. After two Philip Island’s victories, McLaughlin jumped to the second place, with 15 points less than Whincup. Winterbottom is third, with nine points less than New Zealander.
Craig Lowndes (Team Vortex), Michael Caruso (Nissan Motorsport), James Courtney (Holden Racing Team), Chaz Mostert (Supercheap Auto Racing), Will Davison (Tekno Autosports) and Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Racing Australia) completed the top 10. Fabian Coulthard (DJR Team Penske), who started fourth, ran only three laps and spent the most of the race in the garage with a power issue.
The race had an exciting finish after a late race Safety Car. Jamie Whincup was second and he unsuccessfully attacked McLaughlin. The final corner mistake cost him a second position and he felt to fourth.
The next round of the V8 Supercars Championship are scheduled for May 6-8 at the Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
Photos: Garry Rogers Motorsport