WHAT A YEAR – CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE SECURED IN NEWCASTLEBen Nightingale
NEWCASTLE 500 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – QUALIFYING, TOP 10 SHOOTOUT AND RACE 32
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying – 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.3128s)
Top 10 Shootout – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m10.8432s)
Race 32 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m11.4026s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m10.1484s)
Top 10 Shootout – 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m10.8452s)
Race 32 – 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m11.3788s)
RECAP: The Shell V-Power Racing Team have topped off a record-breaking 2019 season by securing the Teams’ Championship title to go alongside Scott McLaughlin’s Drivers’ crown.
In a year where the team took an incredible 20 victories across 32 races, including the coveted Bathurst 1000, securing the Teams’ title and the number one pit garage that goes with it was a fitting finish.
In today’s Race 32 of the Championship, McLaughlin and teammate Fabian Coulthard only needed to finish inside the Top 10 to take the title. They did far better than that, with Coulthard stepping onto the podium for the second time this weekend and McLaughlin finishing a fighting fourth.
The Drivers’ title is McLaughlin’s second, after also winning in 2018, while the Teams’ title was last won by Shell V-Power Racing in 2017.
The margin in the Teams’ points was 155 over Triple Eight, with McLaughlin winning the Championship and Coulthard securing fourth place.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “It’s always nice to end the year on a high, with a couple of good results. Even when we’re on holiday in the off-season, we’re still thinking about racing so ending on positive note is great. It proves I haven’t forgotten what to do, I’ve come away with the most points for the round and we’ve secured the Teams’ Championship so a fantastic way to finish the year.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “I’m so glad to finally be able to celebrate with my team. We won the teams championship too, that’s bloody awesome. I’m disappointed I didn’t blow both tyres in my burnout, I only blew one of them! I’m just glad it’s all done and we can party now, I can’t wait to have a few beers tonight. I think anytime an organisation can take 20 wins is pretty impressive. When the chips are down, like after the Gold Coast crash, to come back and just get on with it, I couldn’t be prouder.”