Scott McLaughlin celebrates a win in race 28 of the V8 Supercars Championship in Sydney yesterday.
Scott McLaughlin celebrates a win in race 28 of the V8 Supercars Championship in Sydney yesterday. Brendon Thorne GETTY IMAGES

Kiwis have another day in sun

VOLVO was celebrating last night after Scott McLaughlin won the team's first 200km race at Sydney Motorsport Park, holding off a late challenge by Holden's Nick Percat to win race 28 of the 2014 V8 Supercars championship by less than half a second.

The win completed a hat-trick for New Zealand drivers on the weekend after Shane van Gisbergen took out both races in his Commodore on Saturday.

McLaughlin started from pole yesterday, but was passed by fellow Holden driver James Courtney soon after the start. The major drama on the first lap, however, involved Ford's No.1 man Mark Winterbottom who made contact with teammate David Reynolds on turn three, forcing Reynolds into Ford's Scott Pye. Both Pye and Reynolds slid off into the concrete barrier at the exit of the corner, with both cars suffering significant front and rear-end damage.

When the race restarted, stewards handed Winterbottom a drive-through penalty, relegating him to last on the grid.

His eventual 20th place finish saw him fall further behind series leader Jamie Whincup who finished fifth.

SERIES POINTS: Whincup (Holden) 2025, Winterbottom (Ford) 1890, Lowndes (Holden) 1812, van Gisbergen (Holden) 1778, Coulthard (Holden) 1712.



MACHINE: Ensbey brings up third ton before Christmas

premium_icon MACHINE: Ensbey brings up third ton before Christmas

HARWOOD skipper continues incredible form with the willow.

Group 2 stars in landmark moment for bush footy

premium_icon Group 2 stars in landmark moment for bush footy

REBELS girls hopeful of getting North Coast call up.

Community slams ALS plan to move office to Coffs Harbour

premium_icon Community slams ALS plan to move office to Coffs Harbour

Plan to move ALS office to Coffs Harbour under attack.

Local Partners