McLaughlin goes back-to-back in Perth
SCOTT McLaughlin showed why Roger Penske recruited him to DJR Team Penske on a multimillion-dollar deal as the Supercars young gun flogged the field to record back-to-back wins in Perth.
On the weekend he announced himself as the man that could deliver American racing tycoon Penske his dream V8 title, McLaughlin was inch perfect as he backed up his first ever win for Ford on Saturday by landing a double.
In a race that began with Red Bull teammates Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup going toe-to-toe into turn one, McLaughlin was untouchable in his flying Shell Ford as Chaz Mostert and Whincup chased in vain.
US-based team co-owner Penske watched on from pit lane after making the trip from America to watch the wonderkid's weekend of domination.
"I was pretty nervous about my first race in front of the boss," McLaughlin said.
"But they employed me because they believed in me and hopefully I am repaying them now. But to do it in front of them and speak to them instead of getting text messages is pretty awesome."
McLaughlin continued the weekend of celebration for DJR Team Penske earlier in qualifying when he stormed his way to an emphatic pole position win.
In a display of might that followed his race-one win, the million dollar a year recruit did not even need a final run after setting his winning time of 54.57 midway through the 20 minute session.
McLaughlin rolled the dice and stayed in while the field tried and failed to beat his mark in a move that allowed him to save a green set of tyres for the looming 83-lap race.
The Fords once again proved too fast with Mostert blasting a lap late to score a front row start for Prodrive while Van Gisbergen finished 4th fastest in Holden's best finish.
And McLaughlin held off Mostert as the flag dropped on the second instalment of the Perth Super Sprint - but it was far from a clean getaway.
Being attacked by Mostert on his left, the Ford star was nudged from behind as Mark Winterbottom blasted out of the blocks to give the pole sitter an early scare.
McLaughlin survived into turn one as Whincup in turn challenged Winterbottom after winning a start-line toe-to-toe fight with Van Gisbergen that saw the Red Bull warriors swap paint.
The former Volvo driver was never troubled to go back-to-back.
"We got the broom out this week out and took some points," McLaughlin said.
"We need to build on this now but yeah it is pretty cool to get the famous No. 17 back on top and do it for Dick Johnson and everyone else at the team. They have all worked so hard for this."
Championship leader Coulthard was force to fight his way through the field in his final stint after a three-stop strategy saw him buried with 20 laps to go.
Coulthard opted to run with used rears in the first of his trio of stints in a move that saw him emerge for his final fling almost 30 seconds away from leader McLaughlin before finishing 7th.
Mostert continued the fight back for Prodrive Racing Australia by finishing in second after winning last round in Phillip Island to show his team was not a fading force.
"It was a good turn around from yesterday," Mostert said.
"We will go back to the workshop nice and happy but we still have some work to do."
Whincup hung on to third place to finish the fastest Holden and remain in the title hunt.