McLaugh­lin’s record not enough to stop Whin­cup

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

SCOTT McLaugh­lin may not have claimed the clean sweep, but it was still an in­cred­i­ble week­end for the new Su­per­cars se­ries leader at the Townsville 400.

McLaugh­lin seemed to be break­ing records ev­ery time he hit the track as he posted the fastest time ever recorded in a Su­per­car at Reid Park in yes­ter­day’s Top 10 Shootout.

The Shell V- Power star grabbed his ninth pole of the sea­son with a blis­ter­ing lap of 1: 11.9908 which was also the first time a driver has bro­ken the 1: 11 bar­rier at Reid Park.

McLaugh­lin first set a new lap record in qual­i­fy­ing for the Satur­day race, but he soon bet­tered that time in Sun­day qual­i­fy­ing, fly­ing around the 2.86km street cir­cuit in 1: 12.0306.

McLaugh­lin in­sisted there was no de­fined plan to chaseh records in Townsville, but he said he was de­lighted to keep find­ing more speed in his No. 17 Ford Fal­con.

“You go out there all the time and you push as hard as you can. I was just try­ing to pushp the car to McLaugh­linM said.

“The Shootout lap was c cool and the car was re­ally hooked up in those con­di­tions. I’m pretty stoked with h how every­thing went this w week­end.”

McLaugh­lin was un­able to main­tain that early speed as Jamie Whin­cup held him off to re­verse the re­sult of Satur­day’s race, but the 24- yearold said he was still happy with the podium fin­ish.

“I think we tuned the car out of the win­dow a bit to­day. We lost that one or two 10ths that we needed to fight Jamie so we’ll look back at that and work to­wards the next round,” McLaugh­lin said.

“I had rea­son­able pace to start the run, but I just couldn’t hold on to it, but cre- its lim­its,” dit to them. It was an awe­some bat­tle the whole race and I re­ally en­joyed it.

“You can al­ways have a crack, but you’ve got to take the sec­onds when you can like he ( Whin­cup) has been do­ing. It’s just about con­sis­tency.”

It was a mis­er­able week­end for fel­low DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard, who lost his se­ries lead to McLaugh­lin af­ter fin­ish­ing 11th and 21st across the two races.

Coulthard is now 158 points adrift of his Shell VPower team­mate, but McLaugh­lin was con­fi­dent he could bounce back.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate for him, but ‘ Fabs’ has been a great team­mate to me and we’ll push on to­gether,” he said.

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