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 …

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 …

VASC: 2017 Preview – Chaz Mostert and Jason Bright

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CAMPBELLFIELD, Victoria, Australia – Welcome back to Race Chaser Online’s 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season previews! More Fords on tap today with a look at half of the Prodrive Racing Australia drivers. Prodrive Racing Australia DRIVERS: No. 55 – Chaz Mostert, Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon FGX (REC with Rod Nash Racing) No. 56 – Jason Bright, MEGA Bulk Fuels Ford …

VASC: Triple Eight to The Fore In Qualifying

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PUKEKOHE, New Zealand — Jamie Whincup prevented his Red Bull Racing Australia Teammate Shane Van Gisbergen from grabbing a complete sweep of pole positions during Sunday’s qualifying sessions for the ITM Auckland Supersprint. Whincup grabbed pole right at the end of qualifying for Race 27, while Van Gisbergen, who will start on pole for Race 26, finished second after his …

VASC: Whincup Ends Pole Drought With Record Lap at Townsville

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia –Story By Race Chaser Online International Motorsport Correspondent Jack Cobourn — After not having gained a pole since the 2015 season finale, Jamie Whincup was back on top for Saturday’s race at the Castrol Edge Townsville 400 at the Townsville Street Circuit. Whincup set a time of 1:12.144, the fastest a V8 Supercar has gone around the …

VASC: Whincup and Van Gisbergen Duel in Townsville

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia — Story by Race Chaser Online International Motorsport Correspondent Jack Cobourn — Despite not having a great car in practice, Jamie Whincup came good on Saturday at the Castrol Edge Townsville 400, winning in powerful fashion from teammate Shane van Gisbergen. The duo fought throughout the entire race, and when a late-race caution came out, Whincup was …

V8SC: Consistency is Key; Slade Sweeps Winton in Dominant Performance

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BENALLA, Victoria, Australia — Report by Race Chaser Online International Motorsport Correspondent Jack Cobourn — Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac photo — Tim Slade rounded off a dream weekend at the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint, winning Sunday’s V8 Supercars Championship race at a brisk pace over defending series champion Mark Winterbottom. Having won Saturday’s race prior, giving him his first two career series …