For the first time in V8 Supercars, the Volvo S60 is a winner. Scott McLauglin, hero of the Clipsal 500, won the final race of the MSS Security Challenge (the non-championship round supporting the Australian Grand Prix) on Sunday. The victory also propelled McLaughlin to win the round itself, thanks to the newly introduced double points finale for the weekend.
Fellow Kiwi, Shane Van Gisbergen, was primed to take the round victory after winning the first three races of the weekend, but finished a dismal 14th in the final race. Another Kiwi, Fabian Coulthard, took the lead following Van Gisbergen's troubles, but then flatspotted a tyre and dropped through the field. McLaughlin took the lead and held off Craig Lowndes after a safety car restart in the final laps.
Lowndes finished second for both the race and the weekend, and Norton Hornet driver, Michael Caruso, rounded out the podium at Albert Park. Although a non-points paying round for the championship, the victory marks Volvo's first major victory on Australian soil since the 1998 Bathurst 1,000.
How did McLaughlin win? I'm not entirely sure, but it probably involved plucking it in first, giving it some jandal and... well, you know the rest.
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