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)|
|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||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||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||+ 43.990|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||+ 48.283|
|15.||Andre Heimgartner||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|
|DNF.||Alex Davison||Local Legends Racing||Retired|
- To be advised
Image via DJR Team Penske
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