MCLAUGHLIN PREVAILS OVER WHINCUP IN TOWNSVILLEBen Nightingale
TOWNSVILLE 400 – SATURDAY, JULY 6 – PRACTICE, QUALIFYING AND RACE
Fabian Coulthard – No. 333 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 3 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m12.2862s)
Qualifying – 13th (Fastest Lap: 1m12.5761s)
Race 17 – 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m13.7250s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 3 – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m12.4668s)
Qualifying – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m12.3015s)
Race 17 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m13.3699s – fastest lap)
RECAP: Scott McLaughlin has taken his 13th victory of the 2019 Supercars season, and his sixth-in-a-row after a sensational performance on the streets of Townsville.
After qualifying third, he made a stellar start and used his superior pace combined with good team strategy to overtake David Reynolds, Chaz Mostert and Jamie Whincup to take what appeared – after qualifying, at least – to be an unlikely victory.
McLaughlin was joined on the podium by Whincup – who’s team tried an aggressive strategy play to bring him up the order – and Mostert, who started from the front row.
The victory continues a winning streak that stretches back to the Saturday night race in Perth, and extends McLaughlin’s lead on the points table to 358 over his teammate Fabian Coulthard. The Shell V-Power Racing Team leads Triple Eight in the Teams’ standing by 817.
Coulthard drove a fantastic race, bringing the No. 333 Mustang through the pack from 13th on the grid to finish fifth. It was a great recovery, and after finishing in front of Reynolds he has a 149-point buffer over the Erebus driver to be a comfortable second place on the points table.
The Townsville 400 continues tomorrow with qualifying, Top 10 Shootout and another 200km race around the Reid Park street circuit.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “We made it a bit tougher for ourselves qualifying in the pack, but the team gave me a really good car and executed the strategy perfectly so we could pull off some passes and end up with a Top 5 finish. We’ll aim to be back up front in quali tomorrow, as we know the car is fast in race trim.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “We had some good battles in that race, especially with Chaz. That was great, lots of fun. I got an amazing start, but got boxed in and had nowhere to go. The car really switched on after around 15 laps, and I knew that we could do it. The pace just kept coming across the race, and being able to get past Whincup and then drive away was awesome. I’m so proud of this team, it’s just fantastic that they keep on delivering. Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.”