Scott McLaughlin bounces back from Saturday drama for Sunday Supercars victory

Scott McLaughlin dedicated another win in Melbourne to his compatriots in New Zealand.
GETTY IMAGESScott McLaughlin dedicated another win in Melbourne to his compatriots in New Zealand.

Defending champion McLaughlin quickly roared to the front and wasn’t headed in the short race in Melbourne, beating home Mostert and Jamie Whincup to the podium places.

“Everyone in New Zealand, this is for you,” McLaughlin said after his fifth win from as many starts this year.

No 1, again, as Kiwi Scott McLaughlin won three of the four races over Australian Grand Prix weekend.
GETTY IMAGESNo 1, again, as Kiwi Scott McLaughlin won three of the four races over Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Mostert’s race five win and consistency across the weekend won him the best overall performer at the meet, made all the more remarkable by the Tickford Racing ace’s battle with the flu.

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Mostert described himself as feeling “two out of 10” before the final race.

Scott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during the Melbourne 400 Supercars Championship Round at the Albert Park Circuit.
GETTY IMAGESScott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during the Melbourne 400 Supercars Championship Round at the Albert Park Circuit.

“I’m just looking forward to getting through this,” he said.

The pole sitter was overtaken from the line by McLaughlin and Whincup before he got past the Triple Eight veteran with the superior pace of his Mustang.

Cam Waters and Will Davison finished fourth and fifth, meaning four of the top five drivers were steering Fords.

Macauley Jones’s high-speed meeting with the wall brought out the safety car and shortened the final race.

Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard duelled at the DJR Team Penske man’s expense, with the Holden ace locking up unfortunately to send Coulthard off the track.

It didn’t end well for the two New Zealanders. Coulthard finished 15th while the 2016 series champion van Gisbergen slumped to 22nd after a weekend of woe.

McLaughlin dedicated his race win to his team after a bizarre warm-up lap crash with Waters robbed him of the chance to participate in the third race of the meet.

“That was for yesterday. Sorry,” he said contritely over the team radio.

McLaughlin has won every race he’s lined up in and leads the championship standings despite the DNS result on Saturday.

“I don’t count yesterday’s race so let’s go five from five (wins),” he said.

“I feel like I’m nailing those starts. It’s making me feel really good.”

Whincup heads to next month’s meet at Symmons Plains in Tasmania second in the championship with Mostert third.

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