Scott McLaughlin claimed a triple podium finish for Volvo Polestar Racing at the Phillip Island Super Sprint.
”It has been an awesome weekend. Our pace has been great and this is really something for us to build on ahead of 2016,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin qualified on pole position for the second race and was entangled in a fight for the lead in all three races with Red Bull Racing team mates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.
The first race saw the Kiwi young-gun take third position, behind Lowndes and Whincup. In race two McLaughlin took second place in the Volvo S60 crossing the line just 1.3 seconds behind reigning champion Whincup.
McLaughlin started from fourth position on the grid for the final race. Making a strong start he claimed the lead not long into the race putting the Volvo eight seconds clear of Lowndes Red Bull Holden. A delay in the final pit stop however saw him dropping one place to Lowndes, taking the chequered flag just two seconds behind the triple eight car.
”I got an awesome start for once and got up the outside of a few other guys. I was able to put a lot of pressure on Mark Winterbottom and we jumped him in the stop. I led the second stint the whole time. Unfortunately we are a fair way down the back of the pit lane and Tander was coming in when I was on my way out. I had to wait for him, it is a tough gig and I feel that probably ruined my race. But overall an awesome day and it is good to have some proper pace,” said McLaughlin.
David Wall had a strong final race at Phillip Island, climbing eight positions from his grid position to finish 15th.
”Finally something that was a bit better. The car was really good in the race, looked after its tyres really well. In general, the strategy was really good. Big thanks to the team, if we had qualified a bit further up it would have been a different story,” said Wall.
The triple podium from the weekend has elevated McLaughlin to eighth position in the drivers’ championship ahead of the final race weekend of 2015 at the Sydney 500 in December.
Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013
Race 31 – Top 5
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 14 laps
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +1.0388
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.7996
4 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +9.0226
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +9.2834
23 David Wall Volvo S60 +33.9214
Race 32 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 14 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.2981
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +2.0816
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +8.5779
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +9.2197
23 David Wall Volvo S60 +26.2117
Race 33 – Top 5
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 45 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.9700
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +12.6114
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +12.8931
5 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +28.6863
15 David Wall Volvo S60 +56.9465
Championship Standings – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 3007 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2828 (-179)
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 2688 (-319)
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2459 (-548)
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2442 (-565)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2057 (-950)
24 David Wall Volvo S60 1016 (-1991)