03 Mar 2019
Scott McLaughlin has broken Ford’s six year drought at the Superloop Adelaide 500 to claim his first victory at the Supercars’ season-opener.
In front of a full house in the South Australian capital, McLaughlin kept his nose clean to breakaway from a battle between Cam Waters and a fresher-tyred Shane Van Gisbergen to go back-to-back in Adelaide after bagging the race win on Saturday.
He now leads the Supercars championship on perfect points in the ideal start to his title defence.
But while McLaughlin showed the field a clean set of heels, the chaos unfolded behind him with a bizarre pitlane collision between Chaz Mostert and Rick Kelly near the exit line sending the rest of the field scrambling around their stricken cars.
It was the most intriguing part of the race, which was noteworthy for seeing every car finish the race for the first time in the event’s 20-year history.
While McLaughlin cruised to outright victory, there were other noteworthy results down the field.
While unable to win a third outright Superloop Adelaide 500, Shane Van Gisbergen managed to walk away with a valuable points haul to place second in the championship points race.
And after having his Saturday race thrown into disarray by a coolsuit failure, Cam Waters’ strong second placing in Sunday’s race will be a valuable confidence boost for the Monster Energy Mustang driver.
Scott McLaughlin burst off the start line and battled Van Gisbergen to the first turn at Senna Chicane.
Brad Jones Racing also saw Tim Slade and Nick Percat finish inside the top five in a great finish for the Albury team.
And South Australian underdog Todd Hazelwood backed up his shootout performance with a top 10 finish for the first time as a full-time Supercars driver.
Pitlane crash wreaks havoc
The sole safety car for the weekend when Jack Le Brocq experienced a technical failure at turn 12, triggering an immediate response from pitlane, with almost every garage choosing to ‘double stack’.
And that’s where the race descended into chaos.
Chaz Mostert was released too early by his Tickford crew, and with Rick Kelly in the fast lane already, found himself exiting in front of a Castrol Altima.
It result in a long bank of cars as the rest of the field scrambled around Mosert’s sideways Supercheap Mustang.
The damage didn’t end there for the pair, with both forced to pit for repairs – Kelly, falling 15 laps behind the lead, Mostert to the rear of the field with a pit lane penalty to boot.
McLaughlin’s win reclaimed the Superloop Adelaide 500 for Ford, and was also noteworthy for delivering the Mustang Supercar an outright round win on debut.
Beyond that, the race was significant for achieving, for the first time in its 20-year history, the feat of every car reaching the chequered flag – even more surprising given the weird collision in pitlane earlier in the day.
It also marked a career-first top 10 Supercars finish for Todd Hazelwood, and a top 10 finish for Mark Winterbottom in his first race in a Holden at IRWIN Racing.
Superloop Adelaide 500 - Race 2 Top 10
- Scott McLaughlin - Shell V-Power Racing Team (Mustang)
- Cam Waters - Monster Energy Racing (Mustang)
- Shane Van Gisbergen - Red Bull Holden Racing Team (Commodore)
- Tim Slade - Freightliner Racing (Commodore)
- Nick Percat - Brad Jones Racing (Commodore)
- Mark Winterbottom - IRWIN Racing (Commodore)
- Jamie Whincup - Red Bull Holden Racing Team (Commodore)
- Will Davison - Milwaukee Racing (Mustang)
- David Reynolds - Penrite Racing (Commodore)
- Todd Hazelwood - Matt Stone Racing (Commodore)
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