Sydney Supersprint – Saturday 18 July 

Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout: 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m28.3859s)
Race 10: 7th (Fastest Lap: 1m32.2413)

Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m27.7428s)
Race 10: 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m31.3937)

After setting yet another Qualifying track lap record earlier today, McLaughlin continued his form to comfortably win the night race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

With only three sets of hard tyre compounds and two sets of softs allocated for this event, tyre selection was very much game of poker between teams.

Both the Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustangs started Race 10 on hard tyres, as the majority of their competitors did. While both McLaughlin and Coulthard had an explosive start off the line, they were both quickly overtaken by those on soft tyres. At the end of the third lap, McLaughlin was in P5 and Coulthard P6.

The first stint was somewhat processional with McLaughlin and Coulthard holding their positions and were the highest placed of all the cars on hard tyres. McLaughlin made his compulsory stop on lap 11 and swapped to soft tyres.

By lap 20, Coulthard was sitting in P2 and was starting to eat away at the margin to Red Bull’s van Gisbergen in P1. Coulthard ran long on his hard tyres and after leading the race for a short time, was one of the final cars in the field to stop with just 12 laps remaining. He ran an alternate tyre strategy to his teammate and stayed on hard tyres, saving his soft rubber for tomorrow’s races.

With 10 laps to go and all stops completed, McLaughlin was leading with a gap of just one second to Holdsworth who was hot on is tail. Coulthard was in P9 and had moved up another two to places by the closing stages of the 130km race. Positions remained unchanged to the chequered flag with McLaughlin winning and rounding out a perfect day, and Coulthard finishing in P7.

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