Scott McLaughlin has broken records today with his first ever V8 Supercars win at the ITM 400 Auckland in front of a home crowd at Race 6 on the Pukekohe circuit. The youngest driver on the grid not only won his first race but broke Todd Kelly’s record of being the youngest ever winner at the age of 19 (Kelly was 20).
The Kiwi teenager capitalised on Championship leaders Jamie Whincup and Winterbottom’s misfortunes early on in the piece and drove smoothly into the lead on the twelfth lap. Whincup suffered a shredded tyre on the first lap (as well as a penalty due to speeding in the pit lane en route to finish 26th), while Winterbottom went on to have tyre problems of his own, with his left rear failing.
Behind the fast lad was Jason Bright, followed by Craig Lowndes who was in much better form than last week. In fourth came Shane van Gisbergen, then Fabian Coulthard, Garth Tander, Will Davison, David Reynolds, James Courtney and Jonathon Webb.
"It was the coolest feeling of my life," McLaughlin said after the race.
"I felt the whole pressure of New Zealand on me as well. It was so hard and it was awesome.
"This is so big for myself, my family and my [Garry Rogers Motorsport] team. They all deserve it so much.
"For me to be in the history books in this category is unbelievable."
McLaughlin is now fourth in the Championship, not bad for a driver who is in his first season at the V8’s! This was only his ninth start so the future looks bright for the Commodore driver.
“We have three races to go and I reckon we have a great chance of getting our hands on that Jason Richards trophy.” McLaughlin said, and things are looking pretty positive for the young Kiwi! Let’s see how he goes tomorrow…
2013 V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland – Race 1 Final Classification (35 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||39:54.9225|
|2.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8209|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.3120|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 2.4629|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 3.2877|
|6.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 4.7988|
|7.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 5.0299|
|8.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 6.4085|
|9.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 7.7415|
|10.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 11.2199|
|11.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 11.5876|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 12.6343|
|13.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 13.1648|
|14.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 13.7618|
|15.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 15.7367|
|16.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 16.0910|
|17.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 16.7292|
|18.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 17.4862|
|19.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 17.8470|
|20.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 20.2838|
|21.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 20.7693|
|22.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 21.7277|
|23.||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 23.1456|
|24.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 23.8135|
|25.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 24.2392|
|26.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1 lap|
|DNF.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||19 laps|