Shell V-Power Racing dominated, the Red Bull Holden Racing Team struggled and two young guns starred.
They were the headlines from Supercars’ second straight weekend on the road; the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.
As the championship takes a breath for Easter, Supercars.com takes a closer look at the key talking points from the Island.
Having scored a bag of PI poles and wins in Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvos and DJR Team Penske Falcons over recent years, it was no surprise to see Scott McLaughlin set the pace.
But the sheer level of domination from McLaughlin and the Shell V-Power Racing squad was at a level rarely seen in the current era. The pure numbers made scary reading for rivals.
Aside from Practice 1, the Shell Mustangs went one-two in every single session, with McLaughlin smashing team-mate Fabian Coulthard by 0.5822 seconds and 0.6355s in the two ARMOR ALL Qualifying sessions.
The put that margin into context, in Sunday qualifying, 0.6696s separated second to 10th, and 0.6695s split 11th to 20th. McLaughlin was in a league of his own.
Amid ongoing murmurings about the Mustang’s aerodynamic prowess, it’s worth noting too that the top Tickford entry was 0.8739s and 0.7350s adrift of McLaughlin in both qualifying sessions.
McLaughlin’s dominance should have resulted in two comfortable wins, but it didn’t.