THE BEND SUPERSPRINT – SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout: 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m48.5221s)
Race 25: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m50.4983s)

Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout: 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m47.9745s)
Race 25: 15th (Fastest Lap: 1m50.5198s)

RACE 25 RECAP

Coulthard celebrated his 200th Supercars Championship round in style by winning Race 25 at the Repco SuperSprint The Bend.

McLaughlin had another superb start off the line, but a clutch slip for pole-sitter Mostert meant to two Red Bull, cars which started on the second row, were quick to move up and put the pressure on the No. 17. 

McLaughlin’s lead was short-lived when Whincup made contact as he lunged up the inside on the entry to turn 17 and sent them both into the dirt. While Whincup was handed 15-second time for a driving infringement, it was little consolation for McLaughlin who found himself down in P18. With the two race leaders off the track, Coulthard moved up to P4 on the opening lap. 

On lap 18, Le Brocq was challenging van Gisbergen for the race lead but ran wide, opening the door for Coulthard to move up to P2. Van Gisbergen was struggling with tyres, and Coulthard was just 0.3 seconds behind. 

With serious race pace, McLaughlin had made a stunning comeback and had made his way up to P5. With just 4 laps remaining, he was only 1.5 seconds off the lead.

It was a sensational end to Race 25. Coulthard dropped back to P3 before making his way past both Le Brocq and van Gisbergen and into the race lead. He powered ahead and claimed the win.

McLaughlin continued to march forward and up to P3, but there was a question over contact he made with Holdsworth on his way there. McLaughlin was handed a 15-second time penalty and while he crossed the finish line in P3, his official finish was P15.

THE BEND SUPERSPRINT – SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying: Race 26 Position: 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m48.4860s)
Qualifying: Race 27 Position: 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m48.0968s)
Race 26 Position: 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m51.3761s)
Race 27 Finishing Position: 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m51.9325s)

Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying: Race 26 Position: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m48.0726s)
Qualifying: Race 27 Position: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m47.8280s)
Race 26 Position: 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m51.1155s)
Race 27 Finishing Position: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m51.7075s)

RACE 26 RECAP

In another intense race at The Bend where tyres were a key factor, McLaughlin finished on the podium in P3 and Coulthard just one sport behind in P4 in Race 26 at the Repco SuperSprint.

Coulthard had a blinder of a start off the line and almost detoured onto the grass to try and find a way around the cars ahead. Meanwhile, van Gisbergen took the clean outside line around turn one and managed to pass McLaughlin. At the completion of lap 1, the No. 17 and No. 12 Ford Mustangs were P2 and P3 respectively.

The pack stayed close during the opening laps, and Mostert showed his hand early by diving down the inside of McLaughlin and Coulthard from P4 on the second lap, but he failed to convert the move.

With 9 laps to go, Coulthard was in P5 and working to hold off Percat, but he couldn’t and dropped to P6. Five laps later, Coulthard was able to get Percat back and moved into P5 once again. He quickly closed the gap to Waters who had badly blistering tyres and was able to claim P4 with just two laps to go.

Mclaughlin closed the gap to Heimgartner but had to be content with P3, while teammate Coulthard crossed the finish line just one place behind in P4.

RACE 27 RECAP

It was a dominant performance by the Shell V-Power Racing Team with a 1-2 in the final race of the day at The Bend.

It was another great start to Race 27 by both McLaughlin and Coulthard who were P1 and P2 as they entered the first corner; Coulthard up two places from his starting position. They wasted no time pulling a 2-second gap over the rest of the field.

Coulthard was the first of the Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustangs to stop on lap 11 and rejoined in P13. McLaughlin had a gap of more than 8 seconds over the field when he pitted two laps later on lap 13. Little blistering evident on his used tyres boded well for his second stint. He rejoined the race ahead of his teammate.

With all stops completed and just 8 laps remaining, the No.17 and No.12 Mustangs were the race leaders with a comfortable margin in hand. They were never challenged with McLaughlin finishing P1 and Coulthard P2. Coulthard’s performance over the weekend also saw him named the round winner while McLaughlin was 3rd overall for the weekend.

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