McLaughlin expecting "pace-driven" results in Darwin

Scott McLaughlin is expecting pace, not tyre strategy, to be the determining factor for the second leg of the Supercars Darwin double-header.

McLaughlin expecting "pace-driven" results in Darwin

The series is preparing for a second consecutive weekend of racing at the Hidden Valley circuit, with another three 38-lap heats to round out the Darwin double.

However there is one key difference to last weekend's Triple Crown, with this weekend's tyre allocation limited to five sets of the soft compound Dunlops tyres for all competitive sessions.

The format will be back-to-backed with the mixed tyre rules, which were in play last weekend.

Based on the low degradation from even the softer compound last weekend, with the likes of Anton De Pasquale essentially making two sets last through all three races and two qualifying sessions, it's likely that five sets of the softs won't provide the same juggling act that's seen the likes of Nick Percat, De Pasquale and Jack Le Brocq win races since the resumption of the season.

Read Also:

And that means we could see the first repeat winner on a race weekend since the first Sydney Motorsport Park round in June, when McLaughlin won two of the three races and was third in the other.

While not going as far as to predict multiple wins this weekend, McLaughlin is expecting outright car speed to play a more dominant role across all the races than it has at recent rounds.

“I think you could definitely see a bit more of a pace-driven weekend," he said. "It’s not going to be just a couple of guys searching for glory or whatever.

"I think you’ll definitely see the faster cars up the front for longer. Whether they stay up there or the tyres hold on or whatever [is the question], but I think you saw that [last] Sunday, when people had softs and were able to do four-two-four-two. I think that will probably just happen again."

McLaughlin added that there will still be strategic elements to the weekend, such as managing green tyres in qualifying.

"It depends on how fast your car is, but there will definitely be people out there trying to save tyres in qualifying and stuff like that," he said. "I think it’s going to be an interesting strategic battle, but a lot more simple than it probably has been in the past. It will be a bit more conventional."

McLaughlin heads into the Darwin SuperSprint with a 101-point lead over Triple Crown winner Jamie Whincup.

shares
comments
2020 Supercars Darwin SuperSprint session times and preview

Previous article

2020 Supercars Darwin SuperSprint session times and preview

Next article

Supercars Darwin SuperSprint Qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Supercars Darwin SuperSprint Qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more
Load comments
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020