Scott McLaughlin claimed a narrow victory over a fast-closing Shane van Gisbergen as the Supercars Championship action finally resumed in the opening race at a spectator-free Sydney Motorsport Park.

Having claimed pole position in the earlier three-part qualifying session, the DJR Team Penske converted that into the lead of the 32-lap race and built an early three-second buffer to his Red Bull Holden Racing Team rival.

Van Gisbergen was able to cut back into McLaughlin’s lead, but in opting to delay his compulsory pit stop that meant he rejoined the circuit in fifth place.

With fresher tyres, he quickly worked his way back up the order and began an impressive charge to close up to McLaughlin.

The final lap was a thrilling climax to the race, with McLaughlin using every trick to block an attack from his New Zealand compatriot. The pair crossed the finish line just 0.18 seconds apart in a sprint down the start/finish straight.

Van Gisbergen’s teammate completed the podium in third place, finishing 1.3 seconds ahead of the Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden of Chaz Mostert.

The Sydney Supersprint weekend continues on Sunday, with two more 32-lap races taking place at 12:15pm AEST and 2:35pm.

2020 Australian Supercars Championship Sydney SuperSprint – Race 7 Final Classification (32 laps)
Pos Driver Team Result
1. Scott McLaughlin Shell V-Power Racing Team 49:59.586
2. Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Holden Racing Team + 0.187
3. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Holden Racing Team + 9.775
4. Chaz Mostert Walkinshaw Andretti United Mobil 1 TM Appliances + 11.076
5. Nick Percat Dunlop Super Dealer Racing + 28.328
6. Cameron Waters Monster Energy Racing + 30.798
7. Lee Holdsworth Truck Assist Racing + 31.755
8. Anton de Pasquale Penrite Racing + 31.783
9. Mark Winterbottom IRWIN Racing + 32.670
10. Fabian Coulthard Shell V-Power Racing Team + 35.238
11. Todd Hazelwood Brut Military Grade + 38.280
12. James Courtney Boost Mobile Racing + 43.980
13. Bryce Fullwood Walkinshaw Andretti United Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing + 43.990
14. Rick Kelly Kelly Racing Castrol Racing + 48.283
15. Andre Heimgartner Kelly Racing NED Whisky Racing + 48.439
16. Garry Jacobson Yellow Cover Racing + 50.844
17. Scott Pye DEWALT Racing + 51.059
18. Macauley Jones Team CoolDrive + 51.409
19. Jack Le Brocq Supercheap Auto Racing + 51.889
20. Chris Pither Team SYDNEY + 1:02.035
21. David Reynolds Penrite Racing + 1:22.383
22. Jake Kostecki UNIT Racing + 1:24.170
23. Jack Smith SCT Motor Sports 1 lap behind
Not Classified Team Reason
DNF. Alex Davison Local Legends Racing Retired

Post-Race Penalties:

  • To be advised

Image via DJR Team Penske

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