Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park – Saturday Report
A chaotic qualifying session allowed Scott McLaughlin to take pole position yet again and take out the pole position award for 2017.
Mark Winterbottom and Shane Van Gisbergen took second and third on the grid and this played into their hands at the start of the race.
After another poor start for McLaughlin both Winterbottom and Van Gisbergen jumped into second and first after SVG, McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard ran three wide through turn 1.
There was also drama back in the pack as Will Davison ran into James Courtney which put both drivers onto the grass facing the wrong way.
Throughout the first stint Van Gisbergen stalked Winterbottom until lap 10, with both DJR Team Penske Ford’s running both third and fourth until McLaughlin pit on the same lap.
The undercut worked for the DJRTP driver as he jumped ahead of the Holden driver after the first stop.
There was constant action throughout the field as is always the case in the Supercars Championship especially with former champions and greats like Tander and Lowndes struggling in qualifying.
Tyres were once again an issue for several teams with both Tim Slade and Todd Kelly having failures in the first stint with the latter leaving debris all over the circuit.
The safety car was called on lap 18 to help clear the damage from the circuit and at this point the entire complexion of the race was changed.
On the safety car restart Van Gisbergen ran alongside McLaughlin bumping him down the straight before diving up the inside at turn 1.
On the run to turn 2 McLaughlin ran up the back of Van Gisbergen before spinning the Holden driver sending him to the back of the pack.
Both Jamie Whincup and David Reynolds also got caught up in the dramas with both drivers having severe front-end damage but both carried on.
A 15 second time penalty followed for Scott McLaughlin following his involvement in the restart incident with Van Gisbergen receiving a post-race investigation.
Fabian Coulthard took victory in race 17 of the championship with Chaz Mostert and Jamie Whincup promoted to second and third following the time penalty for McLaughlin.
The time penalty dropped the championship leader down to 10th place with his lead cut by the results.
Join us again tomorrow a final weekend wrap up of the Sydney Motorsport Park Red Rooster SuperSprint.
Article by Adam Ashmore (@GeorgeAshmore_)