The 2015 V8 Supercars season start with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia, turned out to be competitive but tough for Wilson Security Racing/Volvo Polestar Racing.
Scott McLaughlin qualified in the top for all three races and was right in the fight for the race lead, but technical issues and penalties thwarted the final results.
”The final race was one of the toughest races in my life as my cool suit effectively was lost due to an alternator issue. It has been a bloody tough weekend and we deserved more. But I still think we should be proud, the car speed has been great all weekend and we are going to fight back,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin’s qualifying results read fourth, third and second. He missed the first race due to a broken oil pump and received two penalties in the second race due to a jump-start, dropping him from third to ninth position. The third and final race saw McLaughlin fighting for the lead, just as in the second race, before the alternator failed, dropping him four laps behind the leaders.
David Wall had a fighting first V8 Supercars race weekend for Wilson Security Racing GRM/Volvo Polestar Racing. The 32-year-old improved his qualifying position for each session and climbed up through the order in all three races with 15th as best result.
”Firstly, really proud to be a part of the team. We have made some gains over the weekend and we are heading in the right direction. Every qualifying session we were faster, every race we were faster. Looking forward to the Grand Prix and a couple of changes to come between now and then,” said Wall.
The first of 15 V8 Supercars race weekends has been completed with the non-championship round in Melbourne at the Formula 1 Grand Prix next up in two weeks time.
”The results this weekend are obviously not what we wanted. But it is still early days in the championship and we take the positives with us that we have the speed to fight for victories,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:20.3776, Shane van Gisbergen (2014)
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.8572
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +1.2519
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +1.4641
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.9777
17 David Wall Volvo S60 +8.6105
DNS Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60
Race 2 – Top 5
1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +1.9574
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +8.8547
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +10.0055
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +15.0016
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +18.2067
15 David Wall Volvo S60 +22.6355
Race 3 – Top 5
1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 78 laps
2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.7602
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +1.8961
4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +13.2981
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +13.8968
16 David Wall Volvo S60 +51.8516
18 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +4 laps
Qualifying Race 1 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:20.0905
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.3437
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4182
4 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.6184
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.6303
23 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.4297
Qualifying Race 2 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:20.0319
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2843
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3071
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.4280
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.4711
21 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.1074
Qualifying Race 3 – Top 5
1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1:20.5396
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.0443
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +0.0628
4 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.0677
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.0709
21 David Wall Volvo S60
Championship Standings – Top 5
1 James Courtney Holden Commodore 258 pts
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 241 (-17)
3 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 237 (-21)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 222 (-36)
5 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 216 (-42)
14 David Wall Volvo S60 114 (-144)
18 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 93 (-165)