Motorsport is back! Race 7 recap
After more than three months away from the track, McLaughlin led from start to finish to claim the first race back at the Sydney SuperSprint.
Sydney Supersprint – Saturday 27 June
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout – (Fastest Lap:1m28.4978s)
Race 7 – (Fastest Lap: 1m30.8096s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Top 15 Shootout – (Fastest Lap: 1m27.9658s)
Race 7 – (Fastest Lap: 1m3.8163s)
After more than three months away from the track, McLaughlin led from start to finish to claim the first race back at the Sydney SuperSprint. The Shell V-Power Racing Team set the pace early in Qualifying, and both McLaughlin and Coulthard easily cruised through to the Top 15 Shootout.
While Coulthard clocked a time good enough to start Race 7 in P10, McLaughlin claimed pole position and was just two-hundredths off the Qualifying lap record which he set at his last outing at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2018.
Coulthard had a blinding start when the lights went green and was up three places as he went into turn 1. McLaughlin had a slight stumble off the line but recovered quickly and had opened a gap of almost three seconds over the rest of the field by lap 5.
A lockup by Coulthard on lap 9 opened the door for de Pasquale to pass on the last corner, shuffling Coulthard down the order. By mid-way through the race, rival van Gisbergen had gained on McLaughlin and his lead was reduced to under a second.
In the closing stages of the race, McLaughlin was holding his lead as van Gisbergen and Whincup were pushing to hunt him down. Meanwhile, Coulthard was battling with the pack in P11.
With two laps to go, McLaughlin had van Gisbergen hot on his tail when we received a bad sportsmanship flag for exceeding track limits. It was a nail-biting final lap, but McLaughlin kept his cool and held off his fellow Kiwi to claim the win. Coulthard crossed the finish line in P10.
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