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Race 9: View From The Couch

Todd Hazelwood and Lee Holdsworth were the surprising stars of the final race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Hazelwood raced with the big guns in the early laps and even had a stint in the lead with his Holden Commodore before Holdsworth stormed home for second place in his Ford Mustang.

But, once again, Scott McLaughlin took the chocolates with his second win from three starts in the Supercars comeback meeting.

McLaughlin marginally extended his series lead to 49 points over evergreen Jamie Whincup, who was his most consistent challenger in the Red Bull-HRT Commodore.

“Car 17 was too fast today. We’re disappointed we couldn’t do more,” says Whincup.

Once again, a wide variety of tyre strategies – and differing tyre condition – saw mix-and-mismatch racing with a race that was more like a snakes-and-ladders game.

  • When Scott McLaughlin raced to a 3-second early lead it looked like a repeat of Race 1 on Saturday. That’s how it panned-out, as the Shell V-Power team had save four good Dunlops for his final stint.
  • Shane van Gisbergen never looked like a contender and was mugged more than once as he battled to get the best from a car that was sub-optimal for rubber.
  • Great racing again with battles through to the back of the Top 10, from the early laps to the dying stages.
  • James Courtney was the first to pit for tyres and paid a huge penalty, training the other three Tickford Mustangs to the flag.
  • Chaz Mostert was deep in the ’teens in a race where his efforts in the first two races were erased.
  • David Reynolds finished his comeback from a miserable Race 1 with fourth place, and his Erebus team mate Anton de Pasqale also stormed through the final laps for seventh.
  • “What a cool weekend,” says Mark Skaife, wrapping the Fox broadcast.

Race 9 Result

PosCompetitor/TeamDriverVehicleLapsTime
1Shell V-Power Racing TeamScott McLaughlinFord Mustang GT3250:20.268
2Truck Assist RacingLee HoldsworthFord Mustang GT3250:21.787
3Red Bull Holden Racing TeamJamie WhincupHolden Commodore3250:31.519
4Penrite RacingDavid ReynoldsHolden Commodore3250:44.696
5IRWIN RacingMark WinterbottomHolden Commodore3250:45.915
6Red Bull Holden Racing TeamShane van GisbergenHolden Commodore3250:46.785
7Penrite RacingAnton de PasqualeHolden Commodore3250:47.218
8Brut Military GradeTodd HazelwoodHolden Commodore3250:47.397
9Dunlop Super Dealer RacingNick PercatHolden Commodore3250:48.265
10Mobil 1 TM Middy’s RacingBryce FullwoodHolden Commodore3250:49.017
11Supercheap Auto RacingJack Le BrocqFord Mustang GT3250:52.127
12DEWALT RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore3250:55.915
13Monster Energy RacingCameron WatersFord Mustang GT3250:57.127
14Boost Mobile RacingJames CourtneyFord Mustang GT3250:57.730
15NED Whisky RacingAndre HeimgartnerFord Mustang GT3251:00.891
16Mobil 1 TM Appliances OnlineChaz MostertHolden Commodore3251:04.022
17Castrol RacingRick KellyFord Mustang GT3251:06.925
18SCT Motor SportsJack SmithHolden Commodore3251:07.283
19Yellow Cover RacingGarry JacobsonHolden Commodore3251:08.330
20Team CoolDriveMacauley JonesHolden Commodore3251:09.668
21Local Legends RacingAlex DavisonHolden Commodore3251:10.097
22UNIT RacingJake KosteckiHolden Commodore3251:10.864
23Team SYDNEYChris PitherHolden Commodore3251:37.651
NCShell V-Power Racing TeamFabian CoulthardFord Mustang GT3149:25.288

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