THE BEND SUPERSPRINT – SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout: 15th (Fastest Lap: 1m15.9711s)
Race 28: 9th (Fastest Lap: 1m16.9090s)

Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m15.1994s)
Race 28 Finishing Position: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m16.6074s)

RACE 28 RECAP

McLaughlin claimed his 55th Supercars Championship race win in Race 28 at The Bend SuperSprint.

An issue with the lights forced a delayed start and a second formation lap. Because the race was time-certain, it was reduced from 32 to 31 laps. Once it got underway, McLaughlin got off the start line without any problems to immediately take control of the race. Coulthard jumped up three places to P12.

When the field had completed their stops, McLaughlin was the race leader but only had a gap of 0.7 to van Gisbergen who was on fresher tyres. Coulthard had fought his way up to P9 and able to hold off Whincup to the chequered flag.

Van Gisbergen didn’t let McLaughlin extend his gap and was within half a second in the closing stages of the race. But McLaughlin was able to hang on to claim his 55th Supercars race win, his 12th this season.

THE BEND SUPERSPRINT – SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying: Race 29: 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m15.4782s)
Qualifying: Race 30: 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m15.6196s)
Race 29: DNF (Fastest Lap: 1m16.9642s)
Race 30: 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m17.0839s)

Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying: Race 29: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m15.4506s)
Qualifying: Race 30: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m15.3493s)
Race 29: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m16.8108s)
Race 30: 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m16.9061s)

RACE 29 RECAP

Race 29 proved to be highly emotional for the Shell V-Power Racing Team. While McLaughlin claimed another race win, Coulthard had a heartbreaking finish to his race. He was comfortably sitting in P2 when a mechanical problem ended his race early.

Coulthard got a superb jump off the start line and led the race over his teammate as they went into turn 1. McLaughlin defended against Whincup to hold onto P2. Five laps in and Coulthard was 0.6 seconds clear of the pack.

With a third Championship win on the line, Coulthard didn’t make it difficult for McLaughlin to pass him on lap 7 and take control of the race. Just 3 laps later, Coulthard pitted for his compulsory stop. It was a clean and fast stop, and he returned in front of De Pasquale, in P12.

With 10 laps to go Coulthard had a heartbreaking mechanical problem which saw him lose power and park it up on the grass. Simultaneously, Reynolds also had a mechanical failure which saw him parked on the track and safety car called.

The race restart came with just 7 laps to go, and McLaughlin wasted no time blazing away. While van Gisbergen was charging through the field on fresh tyres, he didn’t threaten McLaughlin who won his 56th Supercars race by more than 1.1 seconds.

RACE 30 RECAP

McLaughlin was crowned the Supercars Champion elect after claiming his 21st podium of the season with P2, while Coulthard was well inside the top 10 in P8.

Lining up next to McLaughlin on the front row, Waters was quick off the start line and took the outside line through turn 1 which saw him take control of the race. McLaughlin was left to hold off Whincup and slot into P2. Meanwhile, Coulthard dropped one place on the opening lap, but on lap 3, he made up the place he lost as passed Mostert.

With all stops completed and 11 laps remaining, McLaughlin was still in P2 with Waters ahead and Whincup behind. Coulthard was in P7 with van Gisbergen behind, but with fresher tyres, van Gisbergen moved past Coulthard dropping him to back to P8. Their positions remained unchanged to the flag with McLaughlin finishing P2 and Coulthard P8.

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