McLaughlin wins Saturday Supercars in Ipswich
A DOMINANT performance at Queensland Raceway has handed Scott McLaughlin his sixth race win of the season.
McLaughlin led from the front row of the grid and after an early pit stop, emerged ahead of Chaz Mostert and Craig Lowndes.
From there the Shell V-Power racer was able to coast his way home ahead of a charging Shane van Gisbergen and Lowndes.
The victory for McLaughlin and his DJR Team Penske Falcon will extend his championship lead after a slow showing in Townsville two weeks ago.
Reigning Supercars champion Jamie Whincup brought his Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore home in fourth while Fabian Coulthard rounded out the top five.
McLaughlin said he had worked on his driving technique since Townsville.
The championship leader said it was nice to be back at Queensland Raceway.
"We came to a track we're reasonably strong at," he said.
While pleased with the result, McLaughlin expects the Red Bull rockets to hit back.
"Another day tomorrow - these guys will come back," he said.
Lowndes took the final spot on the podium despite a dive by Whincup at the final corner.
The pair ran side-by-side to the finish line with less than half-a-second separating Lowndes from Whincup.
Hopefully the crowds do come out and support the category as a whole."
"Another two or three metres he would have been right beside me," Lowndes said of Whincup."
"I was willing and hoping that chequered flag line was going to come quick enough."
The Autobarn Lowndes Racing driver put his farewell hype aside to focus to what on racing.
"It's nice to get back in and focus on what we're doing," he said.
"We were getting caught up a little bit in that early stage of the race."
In Townsville the popular Queenslander announced his retirement from full-time Supercars.
He acknowledged he would be happy with a top four finish in the championship.
"I'm focusing on trying to climb up the ladder - finish the year as high as we can," he said.
"I'm more relaxed now... I want to push hard.
"Every round I go to, it's going to be my last round."
A mammoth Saturday crowd was treated to a spectacular day of racing at Willowbank.
The dusty hill at turn one was packed with thousands of people donned in their team colours.
While Saturday served up a spectacle, Sunday is expected to be even bigger when Supercars return for the main 200km race.
Gates will open at 8am.
9.00: Aussie Racing Cars Race 3
9.35: ECB SuperUtes Race 2
10.05: V8 Touring Cars Race 2
10.40: Supercars ARMOR ALL Qualifying
11.25: Formula 4 Race 2
11.55: Aussie Racing Cars Race 4
12.30: ECB SuperUtes Race 3
13.00: V8 Touring Cars Race 3
14.05: Supercars Race 20 - 200kms
15.55: Formula 4 Race 3