Scott McLaughlin’s historic streak may be over, but the Supercars championship frontrunner is still delighted with his weekend at Symmons Plains.
The Kiwi landed in Tasmania with five race wins under his belt but hampered by the flu and uncertain of how he might fare in the drivers’ seat.
He still managed to claim Saturday’s race for a first race win on the Apple Isle.
In squally and drizzly conditions on Sunday he finally yielded, finishing fourth behind winner Shane van Gisbergen, teammate Fabian Coulthard and David Reynolds.
“You can’t expect it to kick on (forever),” he laughed.
“Congratulations to Shane and his team, they were fast.
“I struggled to drive it home. Geez it was mentally draining with the rain and stuff.
“I thought I was going to spray a coupe of times. I managed to keep my head together and keep it on the road.”
With a first and fourth, McLaughlin still brought in a huge haul of points, and with chief title rival Jamie Whincup falling to pieces on Saturday, his title position has strengthened.
The 25-year-old began the weekend with a 39-point lead over Whincup, and finished it with a 124-point lead over Coulthard.
“If you told me that I’ve leave here this weekend more than 100 points ahead and 1-2 in the team, I’d be on heat,” he said.
Coulthard was similarly delighted.
“It’s been awesome. We came here in sixth and leaving in second. I’ll take that any day of the week,” he said.
“We were consistent both races. I feel like we were starting to show the speed that we had the start of the year.
“I’m looking forward to going to Phillip Island.”
Author: Ben McKay