Scott McLaughlin has claimed victory in the first of today’s two 100-kilometre Sprint Races at Phillip Island, the penultimate round of this year’s V8 Supercars Championship.

The Volvo driver led throughout from pole position, surviving stiff pressure all race from the chasing Red Bull Racing Holdens of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup, who crossed the finish line in the Kiwi’s wheeltracks at the end of the 23-lap race.

2014 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 400 - Race 33 start

McLaughlin resisted race-long pressure from the Red Bull Holdens.

Whincup’s third placed finish put him on the cusp of claiming a sixth championship title of his illustrious career – the fourth in a row – thanks to another disastrous race for his two championship rivals, Mark Winterbottom and Shane van Gisbergen.

Needing a miracle to close a huge points gap to Whincup, the Winterbottom – who started from fourth place in his FPR Ford – outbraked himself trying to pass the Holden driver, and succeeded in slithering through the grass. With his radiators blocked thanks to his off-track adventures, Winterbottom was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop and fell to the rear of the field.

Van Gisbergen started well down the order after a qualifying tangle with Fabian Coulthard’s BJR Holden, and incredibly he managed to collide with another of the Victorian team’s cars, this time collecting Dale Wood with two laps left in the race.

Van Gisbergen was almost immediately issued a drive-through penalty that dropped him to last place, promoting Winterbottom to 24th.

Garth Tander finished fourth in his HRT Holden ahead of Nissan’s Michael Caruso and Jason Bright’s BJR Holden. David Reynolds was the best-placed Ford driver in seventh.


2014 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 400 – Race 33 Results (23 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo 36:00.097
2. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.376
3. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.924
4. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.414
5. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 5.090
6. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 11.915
7. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 12.353
8. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 14.289
9. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 14.503
10. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 15.138
11. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 18.734
12. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 19.147
13. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 20.034
14. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 22.309
15. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 22.654
16. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 29.569
17. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 31.209
18. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 31.379
19. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 31.496
20. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 33.419
21. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 35.013
22. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 49.521
23. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 52.452
24. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 54.282
25. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1:28.368

Image via Polestar Racing and V8 Supercars Championship Media

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