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PIRTEK-Backed Cars First and Third in


       Supercars Championship





        PIRTEK-backed DJR Team Penske        comfortably before settling for fifth in   McLaughlin led all but some of the
        has dominated the first half of      the latter in a car which was suffering   first lap in Race 13, while Coulthard
        the Virgin Australia Supercars       a shift-cut issue. Coulthard continued   fought back from being spun on Lap
        Championship, with its drivers Scott   to lead the championship with a pair   1 to finish 10th. McLaughlin finished
        McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard      of third placings. The championship   second on the Sunday and Coulthard
        first and third in the standings     then headed to Hidden Valley        21st, the latter having been in the
        respectively. After falling just short   Raceway in the Northern Territory   thick of the action all race.
        during the first three events of the   capital of Darwin (June 16-18), for
        season, McLaughlin has won five out   Races 11 and 12.                   Queensland Raceway, near Brisbane,
        of eight races in the last four events                                   hosted the latest event on July 28-
        along with two runner-up finishes and   While Nissan Motorsport’s Rick Kelly   30, where McLaughlin was brilliant
        six pole positions.                  brought DJRTP’s pole streak to an   in qualifying for both races as he
                                             end at six, Coulthard took his third   clocked the fastest ever lap in a
        Coulthard has won one race and       win of the season on the Saturday.   Supercar at the circuit. He charged to
        finished on the podium four times    McLaughlin recovered from an early   victory on the Saturday and finished
        during the same period, taking one of   ‘off’ while attempting to pass then-  second on the Sunday, with Coulthard
        the other two pole positions available.  leader Kelly around the outside to   picking up results of sixth and fifth.
                                             make it a one-two, before winning the   McLaughlin’s championship lead is
        DJRTP locked out the front row of the   Sunday race from yet another pole.   now out to 129 points (the equivalent
        grid for Race 7 at Perth’s (Western   Coulthard finished that encounter   of nearly a whole race) over six-time
        Australia) Barbagallo Raceway (May   in fourth, holding off a fast-finishing   champion Jamie Whincup, with the
        5-7), and none of their rivals came   Tim Slade in a battle which saw paint   ninth event of the championship at
        close as McLaughlin led Coulthard to   traded between the #12 Ford Falcon   Sydney Motorsport Park in the city’s
        a one-two finish in front of legendary   and Slade’s car.                west on August 18-20.
        team owner Roger Penske.
                                             On the streets of Townsville (July 7-9),
        The following day, McLaughlin easily   McLaughlin produced two scintillating
        won from pole as Coulthard finished   qualifying runs to take pole for both
        seventh. McLaughlin took last-gasp   races, the latter in Sunday’s Top 10
        poles for Races 9 and 10 of the      Shootout breaking the outright lap
        season at Winton in rural Victoria   record in the North Queensland city.
        (May 19-21), winning the former      Safe for the compulsory pit stops,



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