Volvo Polestar Racing and Scott McLaughlin turned around a dreadful result in the first two V8 Supercars races at Sydney Motorsport Park to achieve a hard-fought victory in the third and final race on Sunday.

“The car was awesome and I can’t thank the team enough. I am a bit overwhelmed that we got this victory, it has been bloody tough in the last few races,” said McLaughlin.

The race weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park turned out to be a roller coaster result-wise for Volvo Polestar Racing. It started well with pole position ahead of the second race for McLaughlin, but quickly turned to worse when his engine failed in the first race and a wheel came off in the second.

Things were even worse for team mate Robert Dahlgren who went off into the barriers in the wet second race. The damage from the incident was so substantial that Dahlgren had to sit out the third race.

“It started to rain in the first race but I picked up more and more pace towards the end. About three laps into race two, I pushed for an overtake and ran a bit wide which spun the car into the wall. It was unfortunate and I am sorry for the boys in the team. It was disappointing not being able to take part in the final race, but we’ll instead focus on the upcoming enduro races,” said Dahlgren.

Come Sunday and McLaughlin was right back on form, claiming yet another pole position for the final 51-lap race. The Kiwi drove to a strong lead after the pit stops, but had to back off towards the end of the race due front-tyre wear. The lead was down to below a second on the final lap, but McLaughlin was able to stay ahead to score his and Volvo Polestar Racing’s second V8 Supercars victory of 2014.

Victory in Sydney, V8 Supercars Series


‘We went a different way with the setup for the race, and the test day has obviously worked. I started to lose my front tyres towards the end, and I was so relieved when I rossed the line. I am proud of myself and the team. This result is what we have been working towards and goes some way to making up for some tough previous results,” said McLaughlin.

The victory saw McLaughlin move into eighth in the drivers’ championship, just five points behind Ford driver Chaz Mostert in seventh position. The next event is the first endurance race with the Sandown 500 on September 12-14, where the drivers will share car with a co-driver and have pit stops with mandatory driver changes.

“The team went through almost everything this weekend with technical problems, incidents and crashes. The weekend ended in the best possible way though with Scott McLaughlin scoring a fine victory as it is our first in the longer Sunday races. It is certainly promising ahead of the coming endurance races,” said Polestar owner Christian Dahl.

Results Race 26 - Top 5
1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 25 laps
2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +9.1565
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +16.7233
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +20.4712
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +20.7873

19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +39.5558

DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60

Results Race 27 – Top 5
1 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 24 laps
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.7167
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +3.3736
4 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +5.4642
5 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +8.8532

DNF Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
DNF Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Results Race 28 – Top 5
1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 51 laps
2 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +0.363
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +5.684
4 James Moffat Nissan Altima +8.825
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +11.838

DNS Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Qualifying Race 26 - Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:30.7166
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0547
3 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +0.1130
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +0.1290
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.1775

21 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.7224

Qualifying Race 27 – Top 5
1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:30.3012
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.2103
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.2129
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.2211
5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.3265

19 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 +0.8411

Qualifying Race 27 – Top 5
1 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:29.7131
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.0863
3 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +0.0890
4 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.1027
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.1079

DNS Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60

Sydney Motorsport Park 400 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Eastern Creek
Length: 3930 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:30.9123, Garth Tander, 2012

Championship positions - Top 10 (28/38 races)
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2025 points
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 1890 (-135)
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1812 (-213)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1778 (-247)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1712 (-313)
6 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1688 (-337)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1502 (-523)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1497 (-528)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1404 (-621)
10 Jason Bright Holden Commodore 1329 (-696)
...
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 555 (-1470)