Winton Supercars: Scott McLaughlin dominates for DJR Penske Ford

Scott McLaughlin made it a Winton Supercars clean sweep with an emphatic win over DJR Team Penske Ford team-mate Fabian Coulthard on Sunday

Winton Supercars: Scott McLaughlin dominates for DJR Penske Ford

As expected based on his half-second advantage in qualifying, it was a straightforward win for the defending series champion.

Having beaten Coulthard to the first corner, McLaughlin had more than a second up his sleeve within the first three laps and led by four seconds through the first two stints of the 67-lap race.

The lead grew after the final pitstops, getting as high as eight seconds, before a safety car with nine laps to go to recover Will Davison's broken Mustang.

But the five-lap dash to the finish was easy enough for McLaughlin to deal with, his winning margin just under a second.

"It's been an amazing weekend, two wins for our team, a pole and a one-two," said McLaughlin.

"Our cars were just ridiculously good and I'm excited for the future and the rest of the year.

"We battle hard, we had a little kerfuffle yesterday, we got our butts kicked and came back here today."

The battle for third was a little more spirited, with Holden drivers Jamie Whincup and David Reynolds scrapping over the final spot on the podium.

For the first two stints it was Reynolds running in third, however that all changed when Triple Eight went for the undercut by bringing Whincup in for a second stop at half-distance.

Erebus responded by pitting Reynolds a lap later, his Holden coming out just in front of Whincup.

But the seven-time champ wasn't content with slotting in behind, running side-by-side with Reynolds through the first two corners before barging by on the way into Turn 3.

This all played out well behind the Penske Mustangs, however, with Whincup around 20s behind McLaughlin before that late safety car.

Lee Holdsworth finished fifth, helped by a strategic gamble going wrong for Nick Percat in the closing stages of the race.

The Brad Jones Racing driver had been running ahead of Holdsworth, but elected to pit for fresh rubber when the safety car came out with nine laps left.

That dumped him back to 12th, with just five laps after the restart to try to make an impact on better tyres. It wasn't quite enough, Percat only recovering to ninth.

Cam Waters and Shane van Gisbergen finished sixth and seventh, with Scott Pye holding off a hard-charging Percat for eighth.

Fresh from a second place on Saturday, Chaz Mostert had an action-packed Sunday. It started when he went off on the first lap while running sixth, rejoining way behind the pack.

He quickly ran down wildcard driver Jack Smith, but had a second excursion while trying to pass the Brad Jones Racing Holden at Turn 3 on the second lap.

His then received a 15s penalty for contact on James Courtney mid-way through the race, but, like Percat, gambled on a new set of rubber during the safety car and charged his way to 10th.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 67 1h35m22.6591s
2 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 67 0.7664s
3 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 67 1.9878s
4 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 67 4.3543s
5 Lee Holdsworth Tickford Ford 67 5.3933s
6 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 67 7.7668s
7 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 67 8.2607s
8 Scott Pye Walkinshaw Holden 67 9.0142s
9 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 67 9.2397s
10 Chaz Mostert Tickford Ford 67 9.4909s
11 Andre Heimgartner Kelly Nissan 67 12.7786s
12 Tim Slade Brad Jones Holden 67 13.0870s
13 James Courtney Walkinshaw Holden 67 13.8237s
14 Chris Pither GRM Holden 67 14.3141s
15 Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Holden 67 14.9394s
16 Macauley Jones Blanchard/BJR Holden 67 15.2172s
17 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Holden 67 15.5657s
18 Garry Jacobson Kelly Nissan 67 15.9171s
19 James Golding GRM Holden 67 17.3779s
20 Jack Le Brocq Tekno Holden 67 37.9751s
21 Jack Smith Brad Jones Holden 66 1 Lap
22 Mark Winterbottom Schwerkolt Holden 66 1 Lap
23 Simona de Silvestro Kelly Nissan 66 1 Lap
- Will Davison 23Red Racing Ford 56 Retirement
- Rick Kelly Kelly Nissan 34 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Scott McLaughlin 1646
2 Fabian Coulthard 1402
3 Shane van Gisbergen 1231
4 David Reynolds 1220
5 Jamie Whincup 1168
6 Chaz Mostert 1160
7 Nick Percat 1057
8 Cameron Waters 985
9 Will Davison 983
10 Tim Slade 972
11 Mark Winterbottom 886
12 Lee Holdsworth 858
13 Anton De Pasquale 846
14 James Courtney 844
15 Andre Heimgartner 818
16 Scott Pye 745
17 Todd Hazelwood 703
18 Rick Kelly 672
19 James Golding 665
20 Simona de Silvestro 619
21 Jack Le Brocq 526
22 Macauley Jones 495
23 Garry Jacobson 494
24 Richie Stanaway 482
25 Jack Smith 144
26 Tim Blanchard 93
27 Chris Pither 63


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