McLaughlin ensures a Kiwi V8s clean sweep

Last updated 17:02 16/03/2014
Scott McLaughlin drives his Volvo to victory in race four of the V8 Supercars Challenge, a support race for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.
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FLYING KIWI: Scott McLaughlin drives his Volvo to victory in race four of the V8 Supercars Challenge, a support race for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.

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Volvo's Scott McLaughlin ensured New Zealand completed a clean sweep of the V8 Supercars exhibition round at the Australian Grand Prix by snatching race four honours today.

Remarkably 20-year-old McLaughlin sealed the eighth straight Albert Park V8 win by a Kiwi driver when he held out series leader Craig Lowndes of Holden with Nissan's Michael Caruso third.

McLaughlin snapped a three race winning run at Albert Park by compatriot Shane van Gisbergen of Holden, who faltered today  to finish 14th in an incident-packed final 12-lap race.

McLaughlin's six-second lead over Lowndes evaporated when a safety car emerged after Nissan's Todd Kelly went off track on the seventh lap.

And there was more carnage in McLaughlin's rearview mirror on lap nine when Nissan's Rick Kelly appeared to make contact with Mercedes' Will Davison and ploughed into five-time V8 champ Jamie Whincup and James Moffat.

Championship points may not be on offer this weekend but it did deliver an ominous warning - the New Zealand flag looks set to fly high in touring cars Down Under this year.

Lowndes compared Van Gisbergen with a young Whincup after he dominated the opening three races.

And Lowndes claimed McLaughlin had proven he was "no one week wonder" after backing up from marking Volvo's first sighting in touring cars Down Under in 28 years with a podium finish at the recent Adelaide season opener.

The next official championship round is in Tasmania from March 28-30.

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