McLaughlin continues winning ways in Tasmania

Mark Winterbottom claims his first pole position in 1000 days as Scott McLaughlin WINS the opening race of the 2019 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint in a Shell V-Power Racing 1-2 finish.

Qualifying: Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

Mark Winterbottom has claimed his first ever ARMOR ALL Pole Position in an Irwin Racing Holden and his first in exactly 1000 days for this afternoon’s opening race of the 2019 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.

The last time Winterbottom claimed pole was in July 2016 at Townsville as a Ford driver, but today repaid defied his heavily fancied rivals to claim Charlie Schwerkolt’s first ever pole position as the owner of Team 18 in the Irwin Racing ZB Commodore.

Race 7: Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

An ill Scott McLaughlin has fought through pain to put the Ford Mustang back on top in Tasmania and further distancing himself from Jamie Whincup in the Championship fight.

McLaughlin, suffering from a heavy dose of the flu, had started from the front-row of the grid alongside Mark Winterbottom, who snared his first ARMOR ALL Pole since 2016, while Whincup had a horror day, finishing last after a flat tyre and broken front end.

The young Kiwi Champion took the lead from the start on the tight Tassie track and maintained position throughout. He was joined on the podium by Shell V-Power Racing team-mate Fabian Coulthard with Shane van Gisbergen in third ahead of Winterbottom.

Whincup’s pain extended McLaughlin’s Championship lead to 135 points over Chaz Mostert who is now second. Whincup, who finished last, dropped back to fourth in the Championship behind Coulthard.

It was McLaughlin’s sixth win of the season from seven races.

“I will have a good sleep tonight, watch a bit of footy and come back better tomorrow,” a visibly ill McLaughlin said. “That was for Ford fans and our team. There has been a lot of stuff thrown at us but we just fight on. We are a strong group.”

Whincup on the other hand was fit and healthy, but not the result the seven-time Champion wanted.

It was a forgettable day for the man who has won in Tasmania more than anybody when he made a mistake in qualifying which ended in a red flag and him being excluded from the session.

He was demoted to the bottom of that session, starting the race in grid position 15.

Whincup made up several places on the opening lap and was in the fight until he suffered the flat tyre and a broken front right axle, putting him well and truly out of the race.

“I must have run over a black cat or something,” Whincup said “We went from bad to worse. We were back in the pack and had to have a go. It’s amazing how fast things can change in this game.”

Winterbottom has claimed his first ARMOR ALL Pole with the IRWIN Racing Holden in his third event with Charlie Schwerkolt’s Team 18, and took his first pole in exactly 1,000 days.

Winterbottom turned a 50.6920s aboard his Triple Eight-built Commodore in the third and final phase of knockout ARMOR ALL Qualifying to pip Scott McLaughlin by 0.004 seconds.

“It’s awesome. I’m a bit emotional, it’s been a while,” Winterbottom said. “I’m so proud for Charlie, he’s been working his backside off to put this together. I’m lucky, it’s all falling into place and I get to play a part in it.”

It also ended the run of pole positions for Ford’s new Mustang in the 2019 season, in the seventh race. Winterbottom was passed by Van Gisbergen on the second last lap, denying the IRWIN team their first podium.

FOLLOWING RACE 7: TYREPOWER TASMANIA SUPERRSPRINT

  1st Scott McLaughlin (Ford)
  2nd Fabian Coulthard (Ford)
  3rd Shane van Gisbergen (Holden)
  1st Scott McLaughlin (650 points)
  2nd Chaz Mostert (515 points)
  3rdFabian Coulthard (508 points)

Click here for full results and current championship standings.

SUPERCARS ON TRACK TIMES TOMORROW

  • 9:25am – 9:55am – Practice 4
  • 11:15am – 11:55am – ARMOR ALL Qualifying (In three parts)
  • 2:05pm – Race 8 – 200kms Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

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

On free to air television within Australia, Network Ten will have race highlights on TEN BOLD from 10:30pm – 11:30pm and 11:30pm – 12:30am on TEN Saturday and 4:00pm – 5:00pm on TEN and 8:00pm – 9:00pm on TEN BOLD on Sunday.

Supercars Trackside featuring all the latest news and views from the Supercars Paddock will air on Sunday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on Fox Sports 506 HD.

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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