Sydney Supercars: McLaughlin beats Holdsworth in finale

Andrew van Leeuwen
·3-min read

Starting from pole, McLaughlin made light work of the first stint, his advantage over Jamie Whincup blowing out to as much as five seconds.

That changed, at least briefly, around the stops, Whincup pitting on Lap 13 for two tyres, before McLaughlin followed suit for four tyres a lap later.

The longer stop meant McLaughlin's gap to Whincup was cut down to around a second, however the reigning champion was quickly able to use his better tyre condition to pull away.

Holdsworth, meanwhile, was even better positioned in terms of rubber having only taken two tyres on during Races 1 and 2. 

The Tickford driver ran deep into the first stint, taking on four new boots on Lap 18. He emerged at the back of the Top 10 and around 10s off the lead, but could quickly cut his way through the field.

But the tyre advantage wasn't quite enough for Holdsworth to get to McLaughlin, the pair separated by 1.5s at the finish.

“The car was so much better on its tyres that race," said McLaughlin. 

"I think when everyone sort of evened out with the tyres and where we were, to be able to show our true pace over the long run was really cool. We just got into a rhythm and got going."

Whincup finished a lonely third, with David Reynolds more than 10 seconds further back in fourth.

Shane van Gisbergen struggled for pace, finishing sixth behind Mark Winterbottom, with Anton De Pasquale and Todd Hazelwood right on his hammer. 

Race 2 winner Nick Percat and Bryce Fullwood rounded out the Top 10.

There was just a single DNF, Fabian Coulthard's Penske Ford rolling to a stop on the penultimate lap.

McLaughlin now leads the series by 49 points over Whincup. 

Race 3 results:

1

New Zealand

Scott McLaughlin

Ford Mustang GT

 

2

Australia

Lee Holdsworth

Ford Mustang GT

1.519

3

Australia

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore ZB

11.250

4

Australia

David Reynolds

Holden Commodore ZB

24.428

5

Australia

Mark Winterbottom

Holden Commodore ZB

25.647

6

New Zealand

Shane van Gisbergen

Holden Commodore ZB

26.517

7

Australia

Anton De Pasquale

Holden Commodore ZB

26.949

8

Australia

Todd Hazelwood

Holden Commodore ZB

27.128

9

Australia

Nick Percat

Holden Commodore ZB

27.997

10

Australia

Bryce Fullwood

Holden Commodore ZB

28.748

11

Australia

Jack Le Brocq

Ford Mustang GT

31.858

12

Australia

Scott Pye

Holden Commodore ZB

35.647

13

Australia

Cameron Waters

Ford Mustang GT

36.859

14

Australia

James Courtney

Ford Mustang GT

37.461

15

New Zealand

Andre Heimgartner

Ford Mustang GT

40.622

16

Australia

Chaz Mostert

Holden Commodore ZB

43.754

17

Australia

Rick Kelly

Ford Mustang GT

46.657

18

Australia

Jack Smith

Holden Commodore ZB

47.015

19

Australia

Garry Jacobson

Holden Commodore ZB

48.062

20

Australia

Macauley Jones

Holden Commodore ZB

49.399

21

Australia

Alex Davison

Holden Commodore ZB

49.829

22

Australia

Jake Kostecki

Holden Commodore ZB

50.596

23

New Zealand

Chris Pither

Holden Commodore ZB

1'17.382

 

New Zealand

Fabian Coulthard

Ford Mustang GT

39.137

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