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.


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