Scott McLaughlin started the Skycity Triple Crown 400 Darwin weekend by claiming two top five finishes in the first two races after qualifying strongly.

”Qualifying was awesome and the car has been pretty good in the races so far. I am quite pleased with two top five finishes and hopefully we can push forward for tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin qualified second for the first race, just 0.0172 seconds from pole position but was unable to match the top three drivers in the two races.

”We pulled away from everyone behind us, it was just the front three that got away from us. I caught up with Tander in the second race for fourth position, but it is hard to pass. I had to be careful as I had Frosty right on me. But it has been a good day overall,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate Robert Dahlgren had two tough qualifying sessions with 22nd as best result, a position he improved to 18th in the second race.

”It was not the qualifying I had looked for. I had quite a battle for lower positions in both races. The car was a bit bashed up, but it will be fine and ready to go for the third race. I am looking forward to qualify on the soft tyre tomorrow,” said Dahlgren.

The V8 Supercars weekend in Darwin continues tomorrow with a final qualifying session at 12:40 and a final, longer, race of 200km at 15:15.

 

Results Race 17 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 35 laps

2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +4.3544

3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +4.7986

4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +13.0258

5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +16.0673

22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +45.6192

 

Results Race 18 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 35 laps

2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +3.3980

3 Fabian Colthard Holden Commodore +5.8647

4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +11.5143

5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +12.9071

18 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +32.7773

 

Qualifying for Race 17 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:10.1360

2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0172

3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.2461

4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2698

5 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +0.3338

23 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9602

 

Qualifying for Race 18 – Top 5

1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:09.8711

2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.0995

3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1998

4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.3097

5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3577

22 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.9446

Championship positions – Top 10

(18/38 races)

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1301 points

2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1236 (-65)

3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1165 (-136)

4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1136 (-165)

5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1009 (-292)

6 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 973 (-328)

7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 955 (-346)

8 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 854 (-447)

9 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 836 (-465)

10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 832 (-469)

25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 355 (-946)