McLaughlin/Premat wins Enduro Cup finale

McLaughlin/Premat wins Enduro Cup finale
October 22, 2017 | 7:33 pm | Author: Steven Wright

Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat drove through the field to win Sunday’s 300km race at Vodafone Gold Coast 600 as the Supercheap Auto Ford wins the Pirtek Endurance Cup.

A slow start from Campbell which allowed Dumbrell grab the lead by the turn 2 chicane. A few cars cut the chicane which is normal on lap 1.

Wall (Nissan) and Muscat (GRM) are the biggest losers on the opening lap, dropping four positions.

LDM’s Taz Douglas spins Golding on lap 3 at turn 4 which sent the GRM Holden to dead last. After a strong podium yesterday, Heimgartner gets nailed by Fiore’s Nissan at turn 14 and received big damage to the rear of the Freightliner Holden.

Meanwhile, Dumbrell leads Campbell by 1.1s on lap 8 as Fiore completes his PLLP for his role in the Heimgartner crash on lap 3.

It took until lap 14 where the Bathurst champions struggle race ending trouble where Youlden lost the rear of the Penrite Holden at the exit of the back chicane and made heavy contact with the wall.

The contact was made in front of the Bottle-O Ford of Canto and hell Ford of Premat then two laps later Stanaway makes the pass on Perkins which allows the Kiwi to chase the Triple Eight Holden who had built a 5-second margin on Perkins.

Forward a few laps to lap 25 Canto and Premat have passed Perkins and Owen who have appeared to lose more pace as the first set of tyres age.

A lap away from the co-drivers can hop out of the car, Stanaway dive bombs Richards at turn 4 and makes contact. The Monster Energy Ford has damage after the contact and limps back to the pits for repairs to the steering-arm which ends the Enduro Cup hopes.

By lap 45 and majority of the primary drivers in the cars, Whincup leads Van Gisbergen, Lowndes, McLaughlin and Winterbottom with series leader Coulthard ninth.

Van Gisbergen, running second, lost almost 1.5s to leader Whincup in one lap then yield on the team radio saying the something is bent which his engineer replied: “don’t hold up Craig if there is a problem”.

After learning from the Sandown strategy error, McLaughlin was the first one to blink for the final stop on lap 60, which was two laps before Van Gisbergen and four before than Whincup.

That undercut allowed McLaughlin pass both Red Bull Holdens during the second pit cycle. After that pit stop cycle, the top 10 stayed in the same positions for the final 35 laps.