Lap Record and Two Pole Positions for McLaughlin in Melbourne

Scott the unstoppable has continued his golden run with a scorching lap record and two front row starts to put the Mustang on top in the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400.

With two qualifying sessions setting the grid for the first two of four races this weekend McLaughlin and the Mustangs were on top in both with Jamie Whincup a lone soldier for Holden, with third in the last session.

McLaughlin secured both ARMOR ALL Pole Positions, the first a lap record which beat the previous mark held by his Shell V-Power team-mate Fabian Coulthard in 2017.

He took that run ahead of Coulthard and another Mustang runner in Cameron Waters while in the last session he was ahead of Chaz Mostert and Whincup.

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It was a dominant performance from the new Ford following McLaughlin’s sweep of the Superloop Adelaide 500 a fortnight ago.

“The driver needs a big tune-up after that second lap, I just made a mistake,” McLaughlin said, with his effort in second qualifying nearly half-a-second slower than his time in the earlier session.

“It wasn’t my best lap by any means. I had a really good first sector and half a good second sector, I was lucky to hold on in that last sector.

“The car is good, it was awesome, the 53.8 (from first qualifying) was amazing. I’m stoked for everyone at Shell V-Power Racing and Ford Performance.”

Mostert made up for an inconsistent weekend in Adelaide where he had a lightning fast car but mistakes and an unfortunate pit lane mix up cost him.



“It’s a credit to the team, they’ve given us pretty fast cars,” Mostert said.

“They’ve worked really hard on the cars and the faults they had last year and there’s a few things we need to fix as well but over all we’ve improved the package, more so underneath the skin.”

In first qualifying and after a low-key run through practice, Shane van Gisbergen was fifth in his Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore, two spots ahead of Whincup.

Tim Slade split them in sixth with the second Brad Jones Racing Commodore of Nick Percat eighth.

James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom rounded out the top 10, while Anton De Pasquale was the best of the Penrite Racing Holdens in 11th.

In the second run of the day Mostert and Whincup were followed in the order by Waters, Coulthard and Will Davison, making it five Mustangs in the top six.

Penrite Racing pair David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale took seventh and eighth, from Tim Slade and Mark Winterbottom, with Shane van Gisbergen 11th.
 

SUPERCARS ON TRACK TIMES THIS WEEKEND (ALL LOCAL TIME):

FRIDAY

  • 1:50pm – 2:00pm – ARMOR ALL Qualifying for Race 3 Grid
  • 2:10pm – 2:20pm – ARMOR ALL Qualifying for Race 4 Grid
  • 5:55pm – 6:55pm – RACE ONE – Beaurepaires Melbourne 400

SATURDAY

  • 12:50pm – 1:20pm – RACE TWO – Beaurepaires Melbourne 400
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm – RACE THREE – Beaurepaires Melbourne 400

SUNDAY

  • 1:35pm – 2:05pm – RACE FOUR – Beaurepaires Melbourne 400

Supercars celebrates a major milestone at Albert Park, with the 1000th championship race taking place over the weekend. The second race of the weekend will be the 1000th race since the championship began in 1960.

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Every practice, qualifying and race session of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is broadcast live in high definition on Fox Sports within Australia.

On free to air television within Australia, Network Ten will cover the event live on TEN Bold on Friday from 11:30am – 7:00pm AEDT and on TEN from 11:00am – 7:30pm AEDT on Saturday and 11:00am – 6:00pm AEDT on Sunday.

Supercars Trackside featuring all the latest news and views from the Supercars Paddock will air on tonight on Fox Sports 506 from 5:20pm – 6:20pm AEDT and on Sunday from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.

Within New Zealand SKY SPORTS covers the championship live in HD. Outside of Australia and New Zealand you can follow the action with the SuperView live streaming product

For the full TV Schedule for each state, head to supercars.com/tv-schedule.

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