Ipswich Supercars: McLaughlin takes controlled Race 1 win

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Ipswich Supercars: McLaughlin takes controlled Race 1 win
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Jul 21, 2018, 7:14 AM

Scott McLaughlin took a controlled Race 1 win at Queensland Raceway to extend his Supercars points lead over Shane van Gisbergen.

Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Scott McLaughlin, DJR Team Penske Ford
Cameron Waters, Tickford Racing Ford
Chaz Mostert, Tickford Racing Ford
Garth Tander, Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Rick Kelly, Nissan Motorsport Nissan
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Scott McLaughlin, DJR Team Penske Ford
Will Davison, 23Red Racing Ford
David Reynolds, Erebus Motorsport Holden
Andre Heimgartner, Nissan Motorsport Nissan
David Reynolds, Erebus Motorsport Holden

A slightly sluggish getaway from pole meant McLaughlin was forced to play a bit of defence to hold his teammate Fabian Coulthard at bay for the first few laps, the points leader eventually establishing a gap of just under two seconds as the field stabilised late in the first stint.

On Lap 13 he dived into the pits for his sole stop, emerging with the effective lead in hand, but a whole new threat in his mirrors in the form of Chaz Mostert.

The Tickford driver had benefited massively from the undercut, having made his stop five laps earlier (and only taken on three new tyres) after being dumped back to ninth by a run-in with Jamie Whincup.

Once again McLaughlin was able to fend off the guy behind him, leaving Mostert to scrap with the rest of the field in the second stint as he streaked to a 4.3s win.

"That was awesome," he said. "There was crazy stuff going on [during the first lap], and my tyres took ages to come up to temp. Once they did, I just checked out."

Van Gisbergen finished second, his race set by one of the best first laps of the season. It started with an perfect launch from eighth on the grid that helped him jump the third row of the grid before Turn 1, followed by a bold move around the outside of David Reynolds at Turn 2 put van Gisbergen into fourth.

The Kiwi then went around the outside of Rick Kelly at Turn 3 to set up a move for third into Turn 4.

Having shadowed the Penske Fords for the first stint van Gisbergen made his stop on Lap 14, coming out behind the undercutting Mostert and Craig Lowndes.

But with better tyre condition he was able to ease past Lowndes within a couple of laps, before charging by Mostert to secure second on Lap 25.

With Mostert slipping back to sixth as the second stint wore on, Lowndes was able to come home third.

Whincup finished up fourth, having survived a stewards inquiry into that third-lap run-in with Mostert.

It all started with Whincup giving Mostert a nudge at the final corner, the pair then running side-by-side onto the front straight where Mostert ended up with all four wheels off track after trying to hold on around the outside.

The incident was immediately investigated by the stewards, however Whincup was quickly cleared of any wrong-doing.

There was more action for the reigning champion late in the race, a long first stint meaning he had plenty to do on good tyres in the closing stages. He made it happen too, Whincup passing the likes of Coulthard and Mostert to finish fourth and somewhat minimise the points loss to McLaughlin.

Coulthard dropped to fifth in the closing stages.

The win means McLaughlin has extended his points lead to 143 over van Gisbergen.

Race results: 

Cla #DriverCarGap
1   17 new_zealand Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG X  
2   97 new_zealand Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore ZB 4.3165
3   888 australia Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore ZB 5.8296
4   1 australia Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore ZB 5.8720
5   12 new_zealand Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG X 8.5049
6   55 australia Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG X 14.0687
7   9 australia David Reynolds  Holden Commodore ZB 14.2846
8   25 australia James Courtney  Holden Commodore ZB 14.5036
9   23 australia Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 14.8941
10   8 australia Nick Percat  Holden Commodore ZB 16.6328
11   33 australia Garth Tander  Holden Commodore ZB 19.7967
12   56 new_zealand Richie Stanaway  Ford Falcon FG X 21.0874
13   15 australia Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 21.4224
14   14 australia Tim Slade  Holden Commodore ZB 21.7162
15   7 new_zealand Andre Heimgartner  Nissan Altima 21.9856
16   2 australia Scott Pye  Holden Commodore ZB 22.5553
17   120 australia Will Davison  Ford Falcon FG X 22.6494
18   34 australia James Golding  Holden Commodore ZB 23.5107
19   78 switzerland Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 23.9889
20   5 australia Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG X 24.2279
21   19 australia Jack Le Brocq  Holden Commodore ZB 24.5557
22   6 australia Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG X 32.3107
23   21 australia Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore ZB 37.1351
24   18 australia Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore ZB 37.1989
25   42 australia Kurt Kostecki  Holden Commodore ZB 38.2000
26   99 australia Anton de Pasquale  Holden Commodore ZB 1'01.5537
27   35 australia Todd Hazelwood  Ford Falcon FG X 5 laps
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Series Supercars
Event Queensland
Location Queensland Raceway
Author Andrew van Leeuwen
Article type Race report