It perhaps says more about McLaughlin, though, than the FG X Falcon that’s nearing retirement.
The Kiwi finished 13.5567s clear of the next-best Ford on Saturday and 5.2145s on Sunday, driven by Chaz Mostert and team-mate Fabian Coulthard respectively.
Coulthard had to come from the rear of the grid on Saturday after qualifying on the front row, getting up to 12th before taking fourth the following day.
Four events into the year, McLaughlin leads the championship by 60 points and is the only Ford driver in the top six, 252 points clear of Mostert in seventh, with Coulthard ninth.
McLaughlin now has all three of Ford’s 2018 race wins, all four of its ARMOR ALL Pole Positions and is looking in fine form.
…Some of them, anyway
Tickford Racing now holds an unwanted stat, 10 races into the season, as the only multi-car outfit in pitlane without a podium.
For its four drivers, the rostrum must have felt a million miles away at both Symmons Plains and then Phillip Island in recent weeks.
A winner at Phillip Island 12 months earlier, Mostert was its top qualifier and finisher on Saturday, turning seventh into fifth, and moved from 11th to eighth 24 hours later.
Mark Winterbottom led the way in qualifying on Sunday in 10th, but chronic understeer meant his Falcon was breaking chords in the front tyres, considering himself lucky to even finish a subdued 15th.
Cameron Waters joined Mostert in the top 10 on the grid on Saturday but went backwards to 16th, faring one spot worse on Sunday, while rookie Richie Stanaway was 19th and 20th, the latter after a first-lap clash with Simona De Silvestro.
Understeer and the subsequent burning of front tyres was the over-riding issue, but team principal Tim Edwards felt its problems weren’t a repeat of those experiences in Tasmania.