Solid Points Haul For Scott Mclaughlin After Tasmania 400
Scott McLaughlin and Volvo Polestar Racing were again in the top flight as the third V8 Supercars Championship weekend of 2014 took place in Tasmania. The 20-year-old Kiwi secured two top five finishes and climbed eight places in the drivers' championship.
"It has been a good weekend for us, climbing to seventh in the championship," said McLaughlin. "We had some technical issues that we need to continue to work on, but the car has been great and the pace is there for the fight."
The third and final race saw McLaughlin once again in a tough and exciting battle with reigning champion Jamie Whincup. The duo fought hard in the opening laps for second position in the race, while McLaughlin dropped to sixth position towards the end, suffering from damage to his front suspension after making contact with James Courtney.
"I had a great battle with Jamie [Whincup], really attacking him, just like I had yesterday with Craig [Lowndes]. The contact I had when James [Courtney] came out of the pits bent my steering. It looks like James came in a bit narrow and I came in a bit too hot, just a racing thing," said McLaughlin.
The Tasmania 400 was a Super Sprint format, meaning two qualifying sessions and two races of 100km each on Saturday, and a qualifying session for the longer 200km race on Sunday. McLaughlin fought for top positions in all three races with third as his best qualifying result and fourth as his best race result.
Robert Dahlgren once again improved his best qualifying result with 10th for the second race. The race results were mixed, however, with 18th as his best result in the second race, despite being tapped into a spin on the first lap.
"The car was good all through the weekend, despite some technical issues and being pushed into a spin in the second race," said Dahlgren.
"I am pleased with 10th in qualifying but not pleased with the race results. I'm looking forward to Winton and hopefully we can get some good race results there."
There is no rest for the Volvo Polestar Racing drivers as the next V8 Supercars Championship race is this coming weekend at the Winton 400.
"The weekend has been positive overall for the team and especially for Scott," said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar.
"The key to success in this championship is consistency and the results so far have exceeded our expectations, especially as this was our third ever race weekend in V8 Supercars."
TyrePower Tasmania 400
Circuit: Symmons Plains
Lap record (V8SC): 0:51.4713, Rick Kelly (2009)
Race 1 Results - Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 42 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.8999
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.3537
4 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore +5.1238
5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +5.3126
20 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +20.0199
Race 2 Results - Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 42 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4875
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +2.2339
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +3.7159
5 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.9191
18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +12.7183
Race 3 Results - Top 5
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 84 laps
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +5.3910
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +10.0950
4 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +13.0283
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +13.1526
6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +17.4855
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +1 lap
Qualifying for Race 1 - Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 0:51.4110
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0604
3 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore +0.1828
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.2237
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.2441
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2705
21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.5685
Qualifying for Race 2 - Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 0:51.1439
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3155
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3557
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.3704
5 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3735
10 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.4477
Qualifying for Race 3 - Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 0:50.9676
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1169
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2127
4 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.2141
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3073
23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7204
Championship positions - Top 10 (6/38 races)
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 532 pts
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 462 pts (-70)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 447 pts (-85)
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore 429 pts (-103)
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 406 pts (-126)
6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 389 pts (-143)
7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 334 pts (-198)
8 Tim Slade Holden Commodore 308 pts (-224)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 282 pts (-250)
10 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore 274 pts (-258)
24 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 125 pts (-407)