Title contenders split Queensland Supercars wins

Top title contenders Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen took a win each away from the Queensland Raceway Supercars round

Title contenders split Queensland Supercars wins

Points leader McLaughlin took a comfortable lights-to-flag win with a measured performance in Saturday's race.

He was only twice under any sort of pressure, having to hold off his team-mate Fabian Coulthard on the first lap before briefly coming under fire from an undercutting Chaz Mostert after making his stop.

Each time McLaughlin was up to the challenge, eventually coming home more than four seconds clear of the field.

"That was awesome," he said. "There was crazy stuff going on [during the first lap], and my tyres took ages to come up to temp. Once they did, I just checked out."

Van Gisbergen minimised the points loss by finishing second, the key to his race an incredible start that took him from eighth on the grid to third midway through the first lap.

The Kiwi had a bit of work to do in the second stint after being jumped by early stoppers Mostert and Craig Lowndes, but better tyre condition meant he could easily pass both within 10 laps of his own stop.

Lowndes finished third, while Jamie Whincup charged his way to fourth after opting for a long first stint.

On Sunday van Gisbergen equalised the points gap, once again using the start to gain an advantage.

From second on the grid he jumped polesitter McLaughlin at the start, although a longer first stop meant he trailed McLaughlin after the first round of stops.

With a shorter second stop he was able to come out in front for the final stint, holding off a challenge from McLaughlin to claim victory and make up for the points lost on Saturday.

"It's awesome. I had a good battle with Scotty, he got up to me at the end, but what a day," van Gisbergen said.

"The car was awesome, thanks to the team. I'm pretty stoked with that."

With a win apiece, the gap is still 131 points in McLaughlin's favour.

Mostert claimed Tickford's second podium finish of the season with third place on Sunday, although he had to hold off a hard-charging Whincup at the end.

It ultimately came down to a drag race to the line, Mostert with the poorer tyre condition, but able to do enough to hang on to third place.

Race one result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 39 46m40.8181s
2 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 39 4.3164s
3 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 39 5.8296s
4 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 39 5.8719s
5 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 39 8.5049s
6 Chaz Mostert Tickford Ford 39 14.0686s
7 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 39 14.2846s
8 James Courtney Walkinshaw Holden 39 14.5035s
9 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 39 14.8940s
10 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 39 16.6328s
11 Garth Tander GRM Holden 39 19.7967s
12 Richie Stanaway Tickford Ford 39 21.0873s
13 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 39 21.4223s
14 Tim Slade Brad Jones Holden 39 21.7162s
15 Andre Heimgartner Nissan Motorsport Nissan 39 21.9855s
16 Scott Pye Walkinshaw Holden 39 22.5553s
17 Will Davison 23Red Racing Ford 39 22.6493s
18 James Golding GRM Holden 39 23.5107s
19 Simona de Silvestro Nissan Motorsport Nissan 39 23.9889s
20 Mark Winterbottom Tickford Ford 39 24.2279s
21 Jack Le Brocq Tekno Holden 39 24.5557s
22 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 39 32.3106s
23 Tim Blanchard Blanchard/BJR Holden 39 37.1350s
24 Lee Holdsworth Team 18 Holden 39 37.1988s
25 Kurt Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Holden 39 38.2000s
26 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Holden 39 1m01.5536s
27 Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Ford 34 5 Laps

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 65 1h18m33.4918s
2 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 65 2.3513s
3 Chaz Mostert Tickford Ford 65 5.4173s
4 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 65 5.5275s
5 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 65 7.0073s
6 Tim Slade Brad Jones Holden 65 7.4224s
7 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 65 7.9245s
8 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 65 16.0717s
9 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 65 23.9445s
10 Jack Le Brocq Tekno Holden 65 24.4888s
11 Garth Tander GRM Holden 65 25.6846s
12 Will Davison 23Red Racing Ford 65 28.1091s
13 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 65 34.3323s
14 Andre Heimgartner Nissan Motorsport Nissan 65 34.5894s
15 James Golding GRM Holden 65 36.3364s
16 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Holden 65 37.3290s
17 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 65 39.8067s
18 Richie Stanaway Tickford Ford 65 42.7016s
19 Scott Pye Walkinshaw Holden 65 43.7083s
20 Simona de Silvestro Nissan Motorsport Nissan 65 54.9599s
21 Lee Holdsworth Team 18 Holden 65 59.2422s
22 Tim Blanchard Blanchard/BJR Holden 65 1m01.4742s
23 Kurt Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Holden 65 1m02.5354s
24 Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Ford 65 1m08.7570s
25 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 64 1 Lap
26 Mark Winterbottom Tickford Ford 61 4 Laps
- James Courtney Walkinshaw Holden 24 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Scott McLaughlin 2321
2 Shane van Gisbergen 2190
3 Jamie Whincup 1870
4 David Reynolds 1838
5 Craig Lowndes 1821
6 Fabian Coulthard 1652
7 Rick Kelly 1522
8 Chaz Mostert 1517
9 Scott Pye 1489
10 Tim Slade 1397
11 Nick Percat 1330
12 James Courtney 1326
13 Garth Tander 1302
14 Mark Winterbottom 1244
15 Michael Caruso 1138
16 Will Davison 1123
17 Cameron Waters 1066
18 Andre Heimgartner 1040
19 Jack Le Brocq 968
20 Anton De Pasquale 963
21 Lee Holdsworth 768
22 Simona de Silvestro 744
23 James Golding 716
24 Richie Stanaway 713
25 Todd Hazelwood 682
26 Tim Blanchard 674
27 Kurt Kostecki 66
28 Macauley Jones 57


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