WIN AND TRIPLE PODIUM FOR MCLAUGHLIN IN MICHIGAN

Supercars All-Stars Eseries Race Report – Round 9 
Michigan International Speedway
Date:               June 3, 2020
Session:          Races 27, 28 and 29

No. 12 Shell V-Power Ford – Fabian Coulthard

R27 Starting Position: 17th
R27 Finishing Position: 6th
R28 Starting Position:  26th
R28 Finishing Position: 5th
R29 Starting Position: 4th
R29 Finishing Position: 10th

Notes:

  • Coulthard had a solid night of results at Michigan, finishing the night with one Top 5 and two Top 10 results.
  • He showed consistent and dominant race pace during Race 27, climbing 12 spots to finish P6.
  • Maintaining that race pace during the reverse grid race meant he was once again able to climb through the field, this time jumping an impressive 21 places to finish in the Top 5 of Race 28.
  • After starting up the front, a clash early in the race would send him down the order into P17. He proceeded to work his way back through the field and finish the last race of the night in P10.

Quote: “Reasonable night of Eseries racing for me tonight. Top 5 finishes in Races 1 & 2 and it should have been a better finish in the third but I ran out of virtual Shell V-Power. I was quite surprised that there wasn’t a safety car in the final race, considering there was in the shorter Race 2. It definitely could have helped me out after an early tangle which sent me backwards.”

No. 17 Shell V-Power Ford – Scott McLaughlin

R27 Starting Position: 2nd
R27 Finishing Position: 
2nd
R28 Starting Position:  
30th
R28 Finishing Position: 
3rd
R29 Starting Position: 
2nd
R29 Finishing Position:
1st

Notes:

  • McLaughlin scored triple podium, including a win in the final race at Michigan International Speedway.
  • McLaughlin and his teammates Coulthard and Seton, were strategic in Qualifying as they worked together to tow help each other. 
  • McLaughlin took the early lead in Race 27 but ran out of fuel at the last corner and passed the line in P2.
  • The reverse grid saw McLaughlin start at the back of the back for Race 28, but again he worked with his teammate to work his way to the front.
  • With a time-certain finish coming into play, the chequered flag came out early. McLaughlin scored his second podium of the night finishing in P3.
  • McLaughlin took a trip to Victory Lane at the conclusion of Race 29 after leading for the second half of the race.

Quote: “Can’t complain with a win and three podiums! I feel really comfortable racing on the oval circuits since I’ve turned so many virtual laps on them. There’s so much strategy in how you place your car during the corners, so that makes it a lot of fun. Had some awesome battles up front with Shane and really looking forward to the final round next week at Bathurst and Oran Park.”

No. 66 Repco Ford – Aaron Seton

R27 Starting Position: 20th
R27 Finishing Position: 
9th
R28 Starting Position:  
23rd
R28 Finishing Position: 
16th
R29 Starting Position: 
13th
R29 Finishing Position: 
12th

  • Seton made an impressive debut in the Supercars All-Stars Eseries scoring a top 9 position in the opening race after stating in P20. 
  • The reverse grid for Race 28 saw Seton start at the back of the field, but he moved up an impressive seven places to finish in P16 even though the race was cut short due to time.
  • In the final race of the evening, Seton capped off a stunning performance, finishing just outside the top 10 in P12.

Quote: “I really enjoyed my night racing in the Supercars Eseries at Michigan. Driving in the Repco branded DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang was a privilege and I really appreciate the opportunity from the team. I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot throughout the night. I struggled a little bit in qualifying but feel like I made up a lot of ground in the races.”