McLaughlin on cusp of Lowndes’ wins record


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Scott McLaughlin is well placed to equal the single-season wins record of Supercars legend Craig Lowndes after clinching pole position for race two at The Bend SuperSprint.

DJR Team Penske star McLaughlin won race one from second on the grid on Saturday before topping qualifying for the 14th time this season on Sunday.

The New Zealander has won 15 of 21 races this season and can equal Lowndes’s record (16) with back-to-back wins in South Australia.

McLaughlin went off the track at one point in the final session of qualifying but still managed to post a Tailem Bend lap record of 1min 47.4959sec.

“That was hard, I didn’t have the best sessions and lost my lock up senses pretty early so I was just driving it like a go-kart on feel, lucky I drive the go-kart a fair bit,” McLaughlin said.

Will Davison will start without a car in front of him for the first time this season after the 23Red Racing driver finished second.

Tickford Racing star Chaz Mostert was third fastest and will start alongside the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup on the second row.

“That’s another box ticked for us as a team, we’ve sort of been knocking on the door of that front row on quite a few occasions,” Davison said.

Cameron Waters, Nick Percat, Anton de Pasquale, Lee Holdsworth, Mark Winterbottom and Tim Slade rounded out the top 10.

“All things considered fourth felt like a pole to be honest, we really ground it out and maximised the session,” Whincup said.

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