Strong Sunday for Wilson Security Volvo’s McLaughlin and Premat
The Wilson Security Racing GRM (Volvo Polestar Racing) duo of Scott McLaughlin and Alex Prémat secured pole position and a top-six result in the Gold Coast 600 race weekend.
”Qualifying on pole is a big step in the right direction for us, our qualifying pace is back where it was last year,” said McLaughlin.
The duo fought for the lead for the majority of the race. However, a gamble on fuel strategy by HRT and Nissan, ultimately paid off with no further safety car intervention for remainder of the race. Scott and Alex continued the fight and secured a solid sixth place finish.
”I am pretty gutted that our strategy wasn’t enough for a podium. We had a really fast car in the race. The car felt the same on both compounds, which is what we have been chasing all year,” said McLaughlin.
”The last safety car session destroyed our race, we were not saving fuel as the others. We had the pace for a podium and a new surfboard, but we need to see what went wrong and work on that in order for it not to happen next year,” said Prémat.
Teammates David Wall and Chris Pither had a strong start in race 27, with Pither improving on his start position before sustaining damage on an attempted pass Super Black. This put the 34 car out of the running. Race control subsequently penalising Super Black for the incident.
”This has obviously not been the weekend we were hoping for. But that is racing sometimes, the car has been fast and I’m hoping our luck will change for the next race in New Zealand,” said Wall.
”A pretty disappointing finish to the endurance cup. I felt pretty strong in the beginning of the race. Unfortunately the car in front didn’t realised that I was up the inside that resulted in contact, damaging the front left upright. I was hoping to bring home a strong result with David, but a big thanks to the team for a great effort,” said Pither.
The Gold Coast 600 was the final event of the Enduro Cup in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship. Wilson Security Racing GRM will continue their Championship campaign at the ITM 500 Auckland at Pukekohe Raceway in two weeks.