Larry Perkins Trophy points breakdown

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 25/03/2018
  • By Supercars.com

Scott Pye and Nick Percat proved Jamie Whincup’s closest challengers for the new Larry Perkins Trophy in the inaugural Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400.

Whincup started Sunday’s final leg at Albert Park with an all-but unassailable advantage, based on finishing second, first and second across Friday and Saturday’s races.

Third place took his tally to 277 points from a maximum 300, to claim the silverware recognising Perkins’ career in Formula 1 and Supercars.

It makes Whincup the holder of three current trophies, alongside his 2017 Supercars title and Jason Richards Trophy won at Pukekohe.

Whincup finished 48 points clear of Pye on 229, the Walkinshaw Racing United driver fifth on Sunday after wining his maiden race on Saturday evening.

Percat was on the podium in the third and fourth races of the weekend for Brad Jones Racing, to finish a further nine points behind.

Third behind David Reynolds and Jamie Whincup in the finale meant Percat jumped ahead of Scott McLaughlin by two points.

The weekend had four different race winners from four starts with McLaughlin, Whincup, Pye and Reynolds.

That also means the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has opened with five different winners in six races, following Shane van Gisbergen's success in Adelaide.

Based largely on 12th and 14th in Saturday’s two races, Reynolds was ninth in the weekend’s standings, with six Holdens and four Fords in the top 10.

Reynolds’ Erebus Motorsport team-mate Anton De Pasquale was the weekend’s top rookie in 17th.

Final Larry Perkins Trophy points

PosDriverPoints
1Jamie Whincup277
2Scott Pye229
3Nick Percat220
4Scott McLaughlin218
5Fabian Coulthard209
6Chaz Mostert200
7Shane Van Gisbergen186
8Tim Slade182
9David Reynolds179
10Cameron Waters154
11Mark Winterbottom152
12Michael Caruso142
13James Courtney135
14Craig Lowndes129
15Will Davison127
16Garth Tander123
17Anton de Pasquale104
18Andre Heimgartner104
19Tim Blanchard101
20Lee Holdsworth96
21Rick Kelly94
22Jack Le Brocq83
23Todd Hazelwood76
24James Golding68
25Richie Stanaway59
26Simona De Silvestro30
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