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McLaughlin extends Supercars run at Winton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/05/2017 Matt Coughlan

Ford star Scott McLaughlin has claimed his third-straight Supercars win with a commanding victory in Saturday's 120km race at Winton.

The flying New Zealander continued the form he showed in Perth, where he scooped back-to-back wins, to take out the weekend's opening race in north-east Victoria.

After starting in pole position, McLaughlin was never headed and at one stage opened up a lead of more than three seconds.

"I've got a fantastic car and it pretty much drives itself," McLaughlin said.

Holden's six-time series champion Jamie Whincup finished second after a tense battle with McLaughlin's DJR Team Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard who was third.

The win catapulted McLaughlin to second on the Supercars leaderboard, 10 points adrift of Coulthard.

Walkinshaw Racing's James Courtney had a tumultuous race, recovering from going off the track shortly after the start only to make contact with Nick Percat on the final lap and fail to finish.

After qualifying in second, Chaz Mostert was shattered after withdrawing with a mechanical issue on the 15th lap.

"I don't know what happened to Chaz there but it was going to be a good battle so bad luck to him," McLaughlin said.

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