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. …

Waters, Stanaway Dominate Shortened Wilson Security Sandown 500

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MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia — Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway took their first Virgin Australia Supercars victories with a strong performance in Sunday’s Wilson Security Sandown 500. Driving the Monster Energy Prodrive Racing Australia Ford Falcon, the duo led for most of the race, which was run to time after a major accident caused it to be stopped for more than …

Youlden Wins First Race to the Grid After Final Lap Crash Brings Out Red Flag

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MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia — Luke Youlden won an action-packed Race for the Grid on Saturday afternoon at Sandown. Youlden led from start to finish, but the win was slightly overshadowed by a massive crash on the last lap that saw two cars destroyed but no drivers injured. “I found myself in a really good team, really good car, and fingers …

VASC: Van Gisbergen’s Weekend Continues With Pole in Qualifying

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Adelaide, South Australia — Shane Van Gisbergen’s magic Clipsal 500 Adelaide weekend continues, as the reigning series champion will go last in the Armor All Top Ten Shootout after setting the provisional pole in Sunday’s qualifying with a 1:19.295. Red Bull Holden Racing Team teammate Jamie Whincup qualified second. Whincup said he was pleased with the performance, but still was …