By the end of the first weekend’s racing of the season, the Shell V-Power Racing Team was leading the Team Championship by 63 points and Scott McLaughlin had won the Adelaide 500 for the second year running.

Scott claimed the orange numbers awarded to the Championship leader on Sunday, 22 February, and immediately resumed his place at the top of the points board.

Sunday’s race was tough. Shane Van Gisbergen held pole, but Scott was right behind him and took the lead into Turn 1 where he remained until the first pit stops. While in pit lane he was jumped by Van Gisbergen.

Van Gisbergen led Scott right through the second round of pit stops, where Triple Eight made a mistake that forced him to return late in the race for extra fuel. After that, Scott McLaughlin was able to complete a comfortable win.

Fabian Coulthard started from sixth on the grid and was driving beautifully, but dropped back into the pack after being forced to double stack behind Scott at the first pit stop.

He worked hard through the remainder of the race, passing several cars and holding position to finish ninth.

All in all, it was a challenging weekend, but ultimately the Shell V-Power Racing Team came out on top.

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