A big tri­umph for Scott and Ford

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS

FORD ended Hold en’ s sea­son-start­ing Su­per car reign yes­ter­day when Scot t McLaugh­lin broke through to land the Fal­con its first non-sprint race win of t he year.

Only beat­ing the all-new Com­modore ZB in a 25-lap fling at the Aus­tralian GP, McLaugh­lin floored his Fal­con past Jamie Whin­cup’s Holden on lap 40 to set up a scorch­ing 250km Phillip Is­land vic­tory that also saw him claim the cham­pi­onship lead.

Holden had won seven of eight races un­til the DJR Team Penske Fal­con fi­nally fired to de­throne the Red Bull Holden Rac­ing ZB.

“I think the bat­tle be­tween Shell V Power Rac­ing and Red Bull is fan­tas­tic,’’ McLaugh­lin said. “I am glad to be a part of it and I al­ways have good bat­tle s with Jamie. It is al­ways bet­ter when you come out on top.’’

Whin­cup was dropped from sec­ond to 14th place post race, tak­ing a penalty for speed­ing in the pit lane.

En­ter­ing the race cham­pi­onship leader, Whin­cup now sits 76 points adrift in fourth.

“I gave it ev­ery­thing I had,’’ Whin­cup said.

“At the end of the day they did a bet­ter job and had a re­ally fast race car.’’

Ear­lier McLaugh­lin broke through to hand the Com­modore a rare sea­son de­feat when he stormed early to win an em­phatic pole- po­si­tion.

The Ford went out hard as soon as the ses­sion opened to set a time that would re­main un­beaten.

“For the whole team, to lock out the front- row is a big thing at a track that we know we like ,” said McLaugh­lin.

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