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Melbourne V8s: Scott McLaughlin takes first win for new Volvo S60

Scott McLaughlin wins Melbourne V8 Supercars 2014

Scott McLaughlin claimed the Volvo S60's maiden V8 Supercars victory in the final non-championship support race for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The New Zealander started fourth and moved up to third ahead of Craig Lowndes on the opening lap.

He then passed struggling pole position starter Shane van Gisbergen, who had led from the start but lost the lead to Fabian Coulthard on the first lap as he grappled with a broken anti-roll bar, for second.

It was not long before McLaughlin was up front after passing Coulthard and he immediately took control of the race.

A safety car period, caused by Todd Kelly's Nisaan stopping on track, did force McLaughlin to defend his position at a double-file restart, but he eventually won by over a second from Lowndes.

McLaughlin's win in the double-points final race of the quadruple header event gave him overall victory for the weekend, even though van Gisbergen had won the first three races.

Lowndes ran fourth early on and followed McLaughlin past the fading van Gisbergen, who eventually finished 14th, and Coulthard.

Michael Caruso came through to finish third by the narrowest of margins after holding off Garth Tander on the line by three-thousandths of a second, with Coulthard dropping back to sixth by the finish.

Lowndes' Triple Eight Holden team-mate Jamie Whincup did not make the finish after being wiped out along with James Moffat by the unfortunate Rick Kelly, whose Nissan had been clipped by another car in a jostling pack.

Results - 12 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Volvo              25m35.4161s
 2.  Craig Lowndes        Triple Eight Holden       +1.0865s
 3.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                    +6.5923s
 4.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                +6.5954s
 5.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden         +7.3600s
 6.  Will Davison         Erebus Mercedes           +7.5249s
 7.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                  +7.6974s
 8.  James Courtney       HRT Holden                +8.9932s
 9.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/HRT Holden     +11.5110s
10.  Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes          +12.8185s
11.  Scott Pye            Dick Johnson Ford        +16.9917s
12.  Russell Ingall       Dumbrell Holden          +18.3699s
13.  Nick Percat          Walkinshaw/HRT Holden    +18.6217s
14.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden             +21.0497s
15.  David Wall           Dick Johnson Ford        +21.1889s
16.  Jack Perkins         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford      +22.4201s
17.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford        +30.8373s
18.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden      +1m10.0390s


     James Moffat         Nissan                      8 laps
     Jamie Whincup        Triple Eight Holden         8 laps
     Rick Kelly           Nissan                      8 laps
     Robert Dahlgren      GRM Volvo                   8 laps
     Todd Kelly           Nissan                      6 laps
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