Scott McLaughlin became the first Supercars driver to win the elusive "Darwin Triple Crown" with a dominant performance in the 200-kilometer Hidden Valley race.
The Triple Crown title refers to a victory over the first 120km race, the top 10 shots on goal for the second race and the 200km final of the Hidden Valley race, and this has never been claimed since 21 years. .
Already the winner of the first race and pole position Sunday, McLaughlin just needed the win in the final race. He clinched his place brilliantly by returning to 13.8 seconds of Erebus Holden driver David Reynolds with his teammate of DJR Penske Ford, Fabian Coulthard, third.
McLaughlin was only pressured once in the 70-lap affair, Reynolds at the quick start observing the inside of the pole-match in turn 5 of the first game.
After resisting this brief challenge, McLaughlin was able to quickly create a gap with Reynolds and the rest of the field.
His lead was more than a second in the fourth lap, 4 seconds in the 10th lap and 7.5 seconds when he and Reynolds stopped for the first time on the 19th lap.
While Reynolds was preparing for a long refueling, which put him back to sixth place, the middle relay was a children's game for McLaughlin.
He emerged just over 5 seconds from Cam Waters, who had already made a stop, his delay in the first 30 laps on the 30th lap.
McLaughlin was longer than the rest of the pioneers in the middle of the race, making his second stop only on lap 44, six laps later than Reynolds and Coulthard.
There was a nervous moment as he was almost released into the sides of Jack Smith after making that second stop.
But with the unsafe release avoided close behind, McLaughlin resumed with an 11-second lead over Reynolds.
From there, the defending champion was run without fail.
Reynolds triumphed in the battle for second place thanks to a second, shorter stop.
Having taken the pain at the end of the first stint, he was able to double Coulthard and Waters a second time.
Coulthard used a similar trick to beat Waters, who had to settle for fourth place after finishing second in the intermediate relay.
He could even have retreated further, with Jamie Whincup and Chaz Mostert just under his rear spoiler on arrival.
For Whincup, it was the roller coaster of a race; he found himself in 23rd position in the first round, after a confrontation with James Courtney.
He used a big cut with a first stop on the 14th lap to get back into the game, setting him up for an impressive fifth place.
Mostert has been strategic not to make his second stop before the window is about to close with 13 laps to go.
He was then able to advance to sixth place, just behind Whincup and just ahead of Tickford's teammate Lee Holdsworth.
Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison finished eighth and ninth, while Shane van Gisbergen completed the top 10.
McLaughlin now has more than one lap in the heat, with 319 points ahead of Coulthard.
Result of race two
|1||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Penske||Ford||70||1h21m00.4130s|
|3||Fabian Coulthard||DJR Penske||Ford||70||14.8754s|
|5||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight||Holden||70||21.9110s|
|8||Anton De Pasquale||Erebus||Holden||70||27.6387s|
|9||Will Davison||23Red Racing||Ford||70||29.3597s|
|ten||Shane van Gisbergen||Triple Eight||Holden||70||31.9868s|
|13||Todd Hazelwood||Matt Stone||Holden||70||46.8917s|
|15||Nick Percat||Brad Jones||Holden||70||55.3366s|
|17||James Golding||GRM||Holden||69||1 turn|
|18||Tim Slade||Brad Jones||Holden||69||1 turn|
|19||Scott Pye||Walkinshaw||Holden||69||1 turn|
|20||Simona de Silvestro||Kelly||Nissan||69||1 turn|
|21||Jack Le Brocq||Tekno||Holden||69||1 turn|
|22||Macauley Jones||Blanchard / BJR||Holden||69||1 turn|
|23||Chris Pither||GRM||Holden||69||1 turn|
|24||Garry Jacobson||Kelly||Nissan||69||1 turn|
|25||Jack Smith||Brad Jones||Holden||69||1 turn|
|5||Shane van Gisbergen||1399|
|13||Anton De Pasquale||1008|
|20||Simona de Silvestro||712|
|23||Jack Le Brocq||568|