These changes are intended to make it easier for new manufacturers to participate in the sport by effectively lowering the barrier of entry. After race 2, McLaughlin leads the championship over Whincup by 299 points. For more of the latest Supercars news pick up the current issue of Auto Action. Try our daily email, The best way to get your news first, fast and free!

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“At the end of the day, I was able to hold him off.”. While Supercars has long maintained that this year’s Bathurst 1000 would be unaffected by calendar changes, it will now take place a week later than originally scheduled. Current Supercars championship sponsor Virgin Australia is not expected to renew its deal when it expires next year.

“It’s just been so different. After Saturday’s race, he was 263 points ahead in the championship; then by lunchtime Sunday 299 points ahead.

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“To battle Jamie all the way through and still win it with a race to go was a pretty proud moment for the team.”. Waters won the drag race though, taking the lead of the race at the corner and never lost it, cruising to victory by three seconds 32 laps later. “The car was awesome, we tuned it a little bit better between the two races,” he said. Whincup was upset with his weekend in which he received a penalty for colliding with McLaughlin yesterday, the pit-stop drama, and then a collision with Anton De Pasquale while fighting for third in the final race. Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >. Bring it on. McLaughlin's third was made better by Whincup's struggles, when during a pit stop his car failed to lift for a tyre change, adding crucial seconds to his time sitting idle, and he eventually finished 17th, after qualifying 11th. Sachin Tendulkar called it "the best save I have seen in my life". Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. “The (Repco) business is in really good shape now and the conditions are right to now be able to look forward, spend more on the brand and appeal to a larger consumer and commercial customer base,” GPC Asia-Pacific managing director and CEO Rob Cameron told Auto Action. ", Added Coulthard: "It's been a solid weekend for our side of the garage.

Invalid postcode. He did a great job and I’m stoked. “Scott was just too good,” van Gisbergen said. Following confirmation of the calendar changes, Supercars title contenders Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin weighed in on what means more to them. Whincup was better in the third and final race of the weekend, but his third place still saw him ship points to the dominant McLaughlin, who led from start to finish, with teammate Coulthard in second. This year’s Great Race will … Then, to cap the day with another flourish, McLaughlin finished the round with another victory to take his points total to 2062, extending his championship lead to 215 over Jamie Whincup.

He proclaimed that it would have taken a perfect drive to accumulate enough of a points buffer to seal the 2020 championship at the penultimate round at The Bend Motorsport Park – and the perfect drive it was. He said his first championship had felt like redemption, after he narrowly missed out the previous year because of a string of mistakes in the last race of the year.

McLaughlin has been the dominant force in the sport for some time now, having famously melted down in the 2017 finale, going into the final day of racing 78 points ahead and famously losing the title.