2018 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Results

Saturday
ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout - Race 26
Final
  • Session Type: Qualifying
  • Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
  • Start: 11:25
  • Finish: 11:50
  • Length: 25 mins
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Having stepped up from the Dunlop Series as the reigning Champion, McLaughlin made his debut in the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship. He made an impact immediately, qualifying in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout for his first official full-time race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. 

McLaughlin went onto to take two Championship races wins and finished the 2013 season 10th in the Championship, earning him the the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, recognising rookie of the year. 

In 2014 McLaughlin had the opportunity to develop and race a new car, with Valvoline Racing GRM making the switch from Holden to Volvo and debuting the Volvo Polestar S60s at the first round in Adelaide. 

It proved to be a very successful year for GRM, Volvo Polestar Racing and Scott, winning 5 races, making 10 podiums and claiming 10 ‘Pole’ positions ending the year 5th in the Championship Standings and being awarded the coveted Barry Sheene Medal. 

Scott and Volvo have now proved that the Volvo will be a championship threat in 2015. 

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The form man of the last eight years in the V8 Supercars Championship, reigning champion Jamie Whincup has amazingly not finished out of the top two in the championship in that period.

Demon fast in karting, Whincup moved to Formula Ford in 2000 and was crowned Australian champion in 2002.

Spotted by Garry Rogers, he made his V8 Supercar debut at the Queensland 500 in 2002 before graduating to a fulltime position with the team a year later.

2003 proved to be difficult and Whincup found himself dumped come the end of the season, only able to scrape together an endurance seat in 2004.

Given a lifeline by Tasman Motorsport in 2005, Whincup responded in style, partnering the late Jason Richards to podium results at Sandown and Bathurst which paved the way to joining Triple Eight Race Engineering for 2006.

Winning in style on debut in Adelaide, Whincup would win Bathurst in partnership with Craig Lowndes.

He returned in 2007 to challenge for the title, winning four rounds on his way to becoming runner-up to Garth Tander by a mere two points.

In 2008 he would finish the job, winning six rounds, and backed it up in 2009, winning 11 races and sealing back-to-back titles.

After falling short in 2010, the Triple Eight ace struck back with force in 2011, making him just the second man after Norm Beechey to have won the championship in both a Ford and a Holden.

He then backed that up with 12 more race wins in 2012 to seal his fourth title. His record-equaling fifth championship win in 2013 cemented his place in the history books as he overcame a testing year in the all-new Car of the Future.

Last season though was one of the champion’s toughest as he overcome a mid-season slump with a new engineer to claim a record-breaking sixth title win at Phillip Island with one event to spare.

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The 2015 season provides a year of opportunities for David Reynolds after a positive end to 2014.

A podium finish at Sydney Olympic Park and front-of-field performances at the Gold Coast and Phillip Island put the momentum well and truly in the likeable larrikin's hands.

As he enters his fourth season with Prodrive Racing, consistency will be key for Reynolds, after a lacklustre 2014 season.

Reynolds won multiple Australian titles on his way to earning a seat in the V8 Supercars Championship, including the national Formula Ford Championship in 2004 and the 2007 Porsche Carrera Cup crown.

He made his V8 Supercars debut in the same year as an endurance driver at Sandown and Bathurst, before driving in the Dunlop Series the following year.

Fourth place in the development category led to a full-time drive in V8 Supercars in 2009 and while he was the highest-placed rookie that year, there was no full-time drive for 2010, necessitating a move back into enduro driver mode.

He moved back to the main series for 2011 and a number of attention-grabbing performances led to team owner Rod Nash securing his services.

Renowned as a bit of a joker, Reynolds is also one of the fittest drivers on the grid and a keen cyclist.

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Coulthard started his career in karts before moving into Formula Ford in NZ. A trip to the Australian Grand Prix support races at Albert Park in 2002 proved his worth, he then jetted to England to compete in Formula Renault.

Coulthard joined the Porsche Carrera Cup, finishing third and best rookie in 2004, then was crowned champ in 2005.

He signed to drive with Paul Morris Motorsports, sharing a car with Alan Gurr and Steve Ellery in 2006/2007.

In 2008 linked with countryman Paul Cruickshank and an ex-Craig Lowndes BF Falcon and finished in the top 10 on six separate occasions.

In 2009 he returned with PCR and a brand new Triple Eight-built FG Falcon taking the car to his first-ever podium finish at Symmons Plains before moving across to Walkinshaw Racing in 2010 for two seasons, then joining BJR in 2012.

2013 proved to be a breakthrough year for Coulthard – two pole positions and twelve podium finishes. His sixth place finish in the drivers championship was a career best.

Coulthard continued his momentum in 2014 scoring 24 top ten finishes, three pole positions and six podiums.

2015 will see trucking giant Freightliner Trucks take over naming rights sponsorship.

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In a stellar breakout season for Mostert, 2014 saw the young driver crowned King of The Mountain in a thrilling last lap victory at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 

The young gun proved his pace early last season with a victory in Perth, and a string of strong performances led to a competitive end to to the year, finishing seventh after a tight fight for fifth in the Championship.

A star in karts, Mostert dominated the field in the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Championship, winning an incredible 10 of the last 12 races in the series.

In 2011 he made his Dunlop Series debut in a Ford with Miles Racing before being snapped up by Prodrive Racing (Australia) after a stellar wet weather drive at Queensland Raceway, claiming a podium and pole position on debut.

In 2012 he competed in the Dunlop Series full-time with PRA, winning two rounds and finishing third in the series behind Scott McLaughlin and Scott Pye. If it had not been for penalty points, he would have been crowned champion.

He began 2013 driving an ex-Mark Winterbottom Falcon for MW Motorsport in the Dunlop Series and won the opening round at Adelaide before receiving a call-up through his PRA links to step up and take over the #12 Falcon at Dick Johnson Racing in the V8 Supercars Championship, where he reaped instant success, taking out a victory in Race 24 at Ipswitch.

2015 provides new opportunities for the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Champion, who is looking to perform more consistently across all events. 

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Michael Caruso was the leading charge for Nissan Motorsport in 2014, and he is looking to become an overall contender this year.

Caruso finished the 2014 season in 10th overall – the highest placed Nissan driver and the first time a Nissan has finished inside the top 10 in the new era of V8 Supercars racing.

With the Sydney-born driver sporting the factory colours of Nissan Nismo in 2015, Caruso is hoping to be fighting for more than just top 10s.

Caruso started his motorsport career in karting at the age of 11, winning countless titles. He stepped up to Formula Ford and Formula 3 before turning his attention to V8 Supercars racing in 2004. He competed in the Development Series, finishing second in the 2007 title before moving to the main series with Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Caruso collected a number of podiums and a race win before switching to Nissan at the start of the 2013 season.

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Rookie Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner Nick Percat joins Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for his second full-time V8 Supercars season in 2015.

Signing with Walkinshaw Racing in 2007, Percat competed in Formula Ford, winning the national title in 2009 and breaking Steven Richards’ record for most race wins.

He then progressed to the V8 Supercars Development Series in 2010 and finished fourth in the standings, earning him an endurance drive alongside Garth Tander in 2011. 

The duo claimed victory at the Bathurst 1000, Percat becoming the first rookie winner in 30 years. He remained part of HRT’s endurance lineup while he continued to race full-time in the Dunlop Series until the end of 2012.

In 2013, Percat stepped into the Porsche Carrera Cup and placed second, stacking up a record amount of pole positions and fastest laps. He then substituted for the injured James Courtney in the HRT Commodore at the season-ending Sydney 500 before receiving the full-time call-up in 2014.

Percat’s debut season recorded a 2nd at Eastern Creek and 3rd at the iconic Bathurst 1000.  He rounded out the year 12th in the Championship, enlisting him as the highest placed rookie.

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Prodrive Racing Australia’s Cameron Waters is eager to continue the momentum that saw him finish runner-up in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series in 2014.

The Mildura-native kicked off his racing career in go-karts, collecting multiple national and state championships before graduating to Formual Vee in 2009.

The following year he moved on to the Australian Formula Ford Championship, finishing sixth in the championship standings while being awarded the Rookie of the Year title.

That same year Waters debuted in the Dunlop Series at Sandown with Kelly Racing after becoming the inaugural winner of the Shannons Supercar Showdown TV series. The show awarded Waters with a drive in the Bathurst 1000 alongside Grant Denyer, which saw Waters become the youngest ever driver to compete in the legendary race.

While the pair failed to finish the race after Waters crashed at Forrests Elbow, he returned to the mountain the following year to drive with Jesse Dixon – winner of the 2012 Shannons Supercar Showdown. Waters and Dixon were the youngest driver combination to ever compete in the race, finishing in 20th position.

Alongside his Bathurst 1000 duties in 2012, Waters also won the Australian Formula Ford Championship and competed in the Dunlop Series with Dreamtime Racing, before the squad withdrew from the category.

He returned to the Dunlop Series with Minda Motorsport in 2013 – finishing tenth in the series – before making the successful move to Prodrive Racing Australia in 2014.

In 2015, Waters and his Prodrive Racing Australia squad are vying for the title, while the 20-year-old will partner with reigning Bathurst champ Chaz Mostert in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

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TEKNO Autosports’ Shane Van Gisbergen will be keen to build on the momentum that saw him finish last season as championship runner-up.

The talented New Zealander had his best season to-date in 2014, with eight wins (three at the non-championship Australian Grand Prix), and three pole positions – marking him out as a future champion with standout performances all year.

Van Gisbergen burst onto the V8 Supercars scene with Team Kiwi Racing in the middle of 2007. During a torrentially wet weekend of racing at Oran Park, Van Gisbergen finished 13th in one of the races and set the third-fastest lap in another.

Stone Brothers Racing became Van Gisbergen’s home from 2008 through to the end of 2012. In the early stages of his career, he demonstrated brilliant car control – especially in the wet weather.

As the New Zealander matured, his performances on-track became far more consistent – and he teetered on the brink of victory for a few seasons. Van Gisbergen broke through for his maiden win in the rain on New Zealand’s Hamilton Street circuit in 2011.

While Van Gisbergen scored more top-10 results in 2012, he was ready for new pastures in 2013 and switched to the TEKNO Autosports Holden outfit.

The change in scenery reinvigorated Van Gisbergen’s enthusiasm and he won on debut with his new team at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and took Commodore’s historic 400th all-time race win in the final race of the year at the Sydney 500.

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2010 V8 Supercars Champion James Courtney returns for his fifth year with the Holden Racing Team, and is set to build on the momentum of 2014.

Courtney’s list of achievements before joining V8 Supercars is impressive, with two world karting championships, British and European Formula Ford titles, and an F1 testing role with Jaguar Racing.

His versatility caught the attention of the Holden Racing Team, which signed him as an endurance driver alongside veteran Jim Richards in 2005.

He secured a full-time drive with Stone Brothers Racing the following year, when he finished on the podium at Bathurst and secured the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year award with his 11th place championship result.

Courtney took his maiden victory with SBR at Queensland Raceway in 2008, but the following year moved to Dick Johnson Racing – where he won the championship in 2010. He was also awarded V8 Supercar’s best and fairest, the Barry Sheene Medal.

In 2011, Courtney returned to Holden’s factory team as the reigning champion, and won in Abu Dhabi. 

Courtney made the best of 2012 with two podiums in Sydney and a top-10 finish in the rankings, before returning to the front the following year in the new generation VF Commodore.

However, Courtney’s year in 2013 was marred by his accident at Phillip Island that ruled him out of the final round. He returned to racing last year in stunning style, winning the Clipsal 500 – and in Ipswich as well.

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Position / Driver / Team Fastest Lap Gap Lap Of
1
Driver number Shell V-Power Racing Team - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.3743 1 1
2
Driver number Red Bull Holden Racing Team - Holden Commodore ZB
01:10.5831 0.2087 1 1
3
Driver number Erebus Penrite Racing - Holden Commodore ZB
01:10.5845 0.2101 1 1
4
Driver number Shell V-Power Racing Team - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.7303 0.3559 1 1
5
Driver number Supercheap Auto Racing - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:10.7851 0.4107 1 1
6
Driver number Drive Racing - Nissan Altima
01:10.8403 0.4659 1 1
7
Driver number Alliance Truck Parts Racing - Holden Commodore ZB
01:10.9715 0.5971 1 1
8
Driver number Monster Energy Racing - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:11.3938 1.0194 1 1
9
Driver number Red Bull Holden Racing Team - Holden Commodore ZB
00:0000000 n/a 0 1
10
Driver number Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing - Holden Commodore ZB
00:0000000 n/a 0 1
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