Eventful First Two Races in Darwin for Volvo
The first two races of the Darwin V8 Supercars weekend proved eventful for Wilson Security Racing GRM (Volvo Polestar Racing) drivers Scott McLaughlin and David Wall.
After an early retirement in the first race, McLaughlin climbed back into the top ten to finish ninth in the second race.
”Today has been a pretty tough gig. The car feels not too bad, but it is so close. I made an awesome start in both races but didn’t quite get the result we wanted,” said McLaughlin.
The Kiwi retired in the first race after an incident with Craig Lowndes but made up some ground in the second race after an incident packed first lap.
”I just got caught up in a kerfuffle in the first race and made a move on Lowndes, we were three wide that I didn’t know about. The car felt really good in the second race but I just got hung out to dry on lap one and dropped to 13th. The fight back up to ninth was good fun. We are still getting some bad luck but we are not helping our selves by qualifying down the back. We will continue to push on hard for tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
Team mate Wall had his share of incidents in both races as well. The first race saw Wall climbing in to the top ten from the back of the grid, before dropping to 15th after a mistake. The second race saw Wall making strong progress as well, before being pushed off track by Dale Wood.
”There was plenty of action going on at Darwin, that is for sure. We really need to find something for qualifying, it is making our lives pretty hard. I was making good progress in the first race, but unfortunately ran wide and dropped some spots. I had a good start in the second race and everything looked okay, then unfortunately Dale Wood got me in the back wheel and sent me off track. Hopefully tomorrow we can qualify better and set the ground for a good day,” said Wall.
The V8 Supercar action in Darwin continues tomorrow with a final race of 70 laps.
Darwin Triple Crown – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Hidden Valley Raceway
Length: 2870 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:09.0149 (1999)
Race 13 – Top 5
1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 21 laps
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.019
3 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +2.047
4 James Moffat Nissan Altima +2.431
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +3.386
15 David Wall Volvo S60 +7.0645
DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
Race 14 – Top 5
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 21 laps
2 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +1.8391
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +2.4449
4 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +3.8876
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +5.3266
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +10.2431
17 David Wall Volvo S60 +19.4609
Qualifying for Race 13 – Top 3
1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1:07.1190
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.0295
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0554
14 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3451
25 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.5751
Qualifying for Race 14 – Top 3
1 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:06.2920
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.0126
3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.1370
11 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.3970
23 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.1231
Schedule - Sunday 21/6
09:35 Practice 4 (15 min)
11:05 Qualifying – Race 15 (20 min)
13:45 Race 15 (70 laps)
Championship Standings – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1054
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1025 (-29)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 881 (-173)
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 865 (-189)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 864 (-190)
18 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 501 (-553)
22 David Wall Volvo S60 390 (-664)