Whincup Stumbles as McLaughlin Takes Points Lead With Victory in Newcastle

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NEWCASTLE, New South Wales, Australia — As championship rival Jamie Whincup stumbled on the first lap of Saturday’s Coates Hire Newcastle 500 race one, Scott McLaughlin capitalized on his rival’s misfortune to win and take the lead in the championship. “I really wanted it bad,” McLaughlin said of the win. “I got a good start for once in my life …

Advantage McLaughlin With Pole in Newcastle

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NEWCASTLE, New South Wales, Australia — Scott McLaughlin has the advantage in the championship battle heading into Saturday’s first race at Newcastle. The Kiwi took pole on Saturday morning, having started slowly in the session. “We didn’t make it easy for ourselves, it was very difficult out there, but yeah, that’s awesome,” McLaughlin said. “Good start, push on now, get …

Slick Pit Work Hands Whincup Sunday Win at Pukekohe

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PUKEKOHE, New Zealand — After undercutting championship rival Scott McLaughlin on his second pit stop, Jamie Whincup roared home with a strong drive to win Sunday’s ITM Auckland SuperSprint to go into the final round with a slim points lead from McLaughlin. “We needed that,” Whincup said. “Just trying to give ourselves an opportunity with this one. My mate beside …

Van Gisbergen Wins Wild Race at Pukekohe

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PUKEKOHE, New Zealand — After an eventful race, Shane Van Gisbergen took Saturday’s race at the ITM Auckland Supersprint. “I’m glad the weather held off, put on a great race,” Van Gisbergen said. “We were a bit lucky with the safety car, it hurt us at Bathurst. It’s awesome, it goes both ways.” Qualifying was a torrentially wet affair, leading …

Waters Wins Pole in Cancelled Qualifying at Pukekohe

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PUKEKOHE, New Zealand — Qualifying for Saturday’s ITM Auckland Supersprint has been cancelled, with combined practice times from Friday’s sessions setting the grid. Cameron Waters will start pole for Saturday’s race. “Obviously it’s a pretty weird way to get pole, but if it’s raining you want to be out of the mess,” Waters said. “I don’t know what to think. …

McLaughlin Holds Off Red Bull Holden to Win Sunday Gold Coast Race

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SURFERS PARADISE, Queensland — Scott McLaughlin might have run out of fuel on his celebration lap and had to push it in, but the Shell V-Power Racing driver gave it his all and held on to win Sunday’s race at the Gold Coast 600 from the might of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team of Jamie Whincup and Shane Van …

Triple Eight Sweeps Top Three in Gold Coast Sunday Shootout

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SURFERS PARADISE, Queensland, Australia — Triple Eight Race Engineering locked out the first three positions for Sunday’s race at the Gold Coast 600. The Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodores of Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup locked out the front row, while the TeamVortex Commodore of Craig Lowndes will start third. “One-two-three, how awesome is that,” Van Gisbergen said. …

McLaughlin Continues Strong Weekend with Magic Lap for Pole

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BATHURST, New South Wales, Australia — Scott McLaughlin’s magic weekend on Mount Panorama continued on Saturday, as he won the Armor All Pole for Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. McLaughlin pushed his Shell V-Power Racing Falcon to the max to set a 2:03.831. “I saw the time, oh my god, I’m over the moon,” McLaughlin said. “To everyone at Shell …