30 Jul 2017

McLaughlin extends lead

6:30 pm on 30 July 2017

New Zealand Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin has extended his lead at the top of the Championship standings with a second place finish in the 200km race at Queensland Raceway.

McLaughlin claimed his fifth consecutive pole in qualifying, but was jumped by eventual winner Chaz Mostert at the start.

A safety car with just seven laps remaining in the 65-lap race gave McLaughlin another chance to regain the lead, but Mostert pulled away at the restart and claimed victory by just over half a second.

McLaughlin's second-place, combined with his win on Saturday, means he leaves Ipswich with a healthy 129-point championship lead over Jamie Whincup who finished fourth.

Shane Van Gisbergen completed a double of third-place finishes for the weekend to close within 28 points of third-placed Fabian Coulthard in the championship.

The series next heads to Sydney Motorsport Park on August 18 to 20 for the final round before the endurance season.