Scott McLaughlin made amends for a poor qualifying drive. Picture: AAP
Scott McLaughlin made amends for a poor qualifying drive. Picture: AAP

McLaughlin stunner puts fail in rear-view mirror

SCOTT McLaughlin borrowed the infamous words of Daniel Ricciardo to sum up the greatest win of his career.

"Holy testicle Tuesday,'' McLaughlin said. "We did it.''

And no one could argue with McLaughlin borrowing from the vocabulary of the Australian Formula one star after the DJR Team Penske pilot came from 19th to win a scorching Perth SuperSprint.

In a jaw-dropping performance that saw him extend his championship lead to 158 points, McLaughlin recovered from a qualifying fail to record his fourth straight win.

"I am just so stoked,'' McLaughlin said.

"I just can't believe it. These guys gave me such an incredible car.

"The strategy was on point and I got a decent start for the first time in my life. Wow. I was jumping up and down after winning that one.

Scott McLaughlin takes the chequered flag to win race 12. Picture: Getty Images
Scott McLaughlin takes the chequered flag to win race 12. Picture: Getty Images

"That is just so awesome for Shell V Power racing. We made it difficult for ourselves but we did it.''

With a drive that showcased speed, strategy and survival, McLaughlin took 14 places in nine laps to set up the Barbagallo Raceway miracle.

"I joked to DJ (Dick Johnson) before we went out,'' McLaughlin said.

"I told him that we could win this thing. Deep down I thought it was a maybe but I really didn't think I would do it.''

Scott McLaughlin celebrates a champagne drive with fans. Picture: Getty Images
Scott McLaughlin celebrates a champagne drive with fans. Picture: Getty Images

McLaughlin's winning streak looked set to end when he bombed out during the first qualifying session.

The championship leader was forced to watch the final two qualifying sessions after failing to make the top 16.

"I put my hand up. Completely my fault," McLaughlin said.

"Just chasing too much into the bowl, just locked a front and just ran wide.

"I was on a pretty decent first sector. I put my hand up for that. We thought we might have been safe because the track was slow. It's all hindsight. We wanted to save the tyre. I stuffed up and will take that on the chin.

McLaughlin mowed the field down at Barbagallo. Picture: AAP
McLaughlin mowed the field down at Barbagallo. Picture: AAP

"The car was fast enough to be in the six and I didn't make it happen."

Red Bull Holden Racing locked out the front row with a performance that suggested McLaughlin had no hope.

"Yesterday we didn't make Q3," said van Gisbergen after landing his fourth pole of the season. "It's been an awesome turnaround, the cars were great."

But McLaughlin launched his way off the line and charged through the field to find himself in fifth after an early safety car.

The stunning comeback mission continued when McLaughlin stole the lead of the race to set up the most unlikely of wins.

"He is going to be hard to beat for the championship,'' said V8 legend Mark Skaife.

Craig Lowndes (left) and Dave Reynolds filled out the podium. Picture: Getty Images
Craig Lowndes (left) and Dave Reynolds filled out the podium. Picture: Getty Images

"He showed all his skills there. He was not only fast but showed his ability to look after a tyre. It was one of his best drives.''

McLaughlin was only challenged by Dave Reynolds with the Erebus V8 driver getting within 2sec of the Ford in the final stint.

"It was a good race from Scott,'' Reynolds said.

"He was really fast. For me it was the best performance I have had here so thanks to everyone in the team. They did an amazing job all weekend.''

Craig Lowndes mounted an incredible comeback mission of his own to claim third place after starting in 25th.

"I told my engineer to call the shots,'' Lowndes said.

"And I told him I would drive the wheels off it. And I think we did that today.''

Supercars Championship points

1. Scott McLaughlin (Ford) 1247

2. Shane Van Gisbergen (Holden) 1089

3. David Reynolds (Holden) 1079

4. Craig Lowndes (Holden) 1053

5. Jamie Whincup (Holden) 979

6. Scott Pye (Holden) 874

7. James Courtney (Holden) 845



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