Wilson Security Racing GRM Back in the Fight at Townsville

Scott McLaughlin was back in the top of the V8 Supercars field at Townsville, claiming pole position and a fourth place finish.

”It was awesome to score the pole, the best feeling I have had in a long time. I am proud of the team to have given me a great car this weekend, proving that we can bounce back,” said McLaughlin.

The Kiwi qualified fourth and finished fourth in the first race, just below seven seconds from race winner Mark Winterbottom. The second race saw McLaughlin claiming the lead of the race from pole position but unfortunately retiring from the race due to a broken power steering belt.

”We had a really good start and we were in a reasonably good position until the retirement. It was a tough gig for us with zero points that could have been a solid podium finish. But we have shown promise all weekend, so I am leaving this weekend smiling and we will never give up,” said McLaughlin.

David Wall had a tough weekend with 18th as best result in the first race of the weekend at the Townsville street circuit while he received a penalty for speeding in the pit lane in the second race.

”The first race was reasonable, but still not good enough. We need to improve the qualifying results and be in the top 15 at least to make the day a little bit easier. The thing that really killed us in the second race was the drive through. It cost us finishing further up the order. But a positive weekend nonetheless in terms of pace, looking forward to the next race,” said Wall.

V8 Supercars resumes in three weeks with the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on July 31st to August 2nd.

Townsville 400 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Townsville Street Circuit
Length: 2860 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:13:4066, Mark Winterbottom, 2012

Results

Race 16 – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 70 laps
2 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.271
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +1.507
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +6.992
5 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +7.643

18 David Wall Volvo S60 +54.065 

Race 17 – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 70 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +2.9227
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +6.1625
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +10.4166
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +14.1602

22 David Wall Volvo S60 +1:03.0596
DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60

Qualifying for Race 16 – Top 5
1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1:12.8663
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.0620
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.0850
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0902
5 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +0.1429

19 David Wall Volvo S60 +0.7092

Qualifying for Race 17 – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1:13.2445
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.0600
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.1396
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2255
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.3095

21 David Wall Volvo S60 +0.7417

Top Ten Shootout for Race 17 – Top 5
1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:13.4117

2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.1620
3 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.3339
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.4261
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +0.4501 

Championship Standings – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1465 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1217 (-248)
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1205 (-260)
4 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1192 (-273)
5 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1183 (-282)

17 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 693 (-772)
24 David Wall Volvo S60 525 (-940)

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