A big triumph for Scott and Ford
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.