Scott McLaughlin (centre) celebrates winning back-to-back races at the Perth SuperSprint.
Scott McLaughlin (centre) celebrates winning back-to-back races at the Perth SuperSprint.

Ford flier eyes exclusive Supercars club

SCOTT McLaughlin could become the first driver in a decade to win five consecutive races as the Ford flier looks to join an exclusive club that includes V8 legends Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup.

Fresh from slaying the field with another all-conquering performance in Perth earlier this month, McLaughlin will become just the ninth driver in Supercars history to win five or more on the trot should he triumph in Winton.

McLaughlin stole the championship lead with a blitz in Phillip Island last month before continuing with another two wins in Perth to put his name alongside the biggest names in the sport.

Skaife, who won six races in a row during his record making career, described McLaughlin's form as remarkable.

"It is just so tough to do,'' Skaife said.

"It is massively hard. It doesn't matter what the sport is in the modern era, whether it is NRL, AFL or Supercars, to have a run of success like that is very rare. To be able to have that level of dominance is just remarkable. To have two three hundred weekends in a row given the level of competition in this sport is a great achievement.''

McLaughlin will start his bid to join Allan Moffat, Peter Brock, Craig Lowndes and Marcos Ambrose as five times consecutive race winners today when the Winton SuperSprint begins with practice.

V8 veteran Craig Lowndes has won the most consecutive races with eight, followed by his Triple Eight Race Engineering teammate Jamie Whincup on seven.

Fellow legends Dick Johnson, Jim Richards and Skaife all won six in a row during their careers.

 

Scott McLaughlin leads to field at the Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
Scott McLaughlin leads to field at the Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.

"It would have been very long odds at the start of the year for anyone to win four races in a row,'' Skaife said.

"And he has just dominated. They key to these performances has been qualifying. Scott qualifies well and he has set himself up for the wins with some very good one lap efforts. If you have a look at is career it is massively weighted towards qualifying. If you start from the front of the field and you start well then it will take a lot for your to be beat. Scott has really improved his starts this year and that is another reason why he is winning.''

Skaife said McLaughlin would need to be perfect again this weekend to continue his streak on a track that levels the field.

Scott McLaughlin celebrates a win with a burnout.
Scott McLaughlin celebrates a win with a burnout.

"This will be a huge challenge for him,'' Skaife said.

"He has had his four wins on tracks that he is very good on. He has had a lot of success at both Phillip Island and Barbagallo. He has also been fast at Winton but this is a Victorian team track and a lot different to the last two. It is effectively a slow track and high grip. It is not a big open circuit like Phillip Island. He is not particularly suited to it.

"It will be a big challenge. Not impossible but it will be hard for him.''

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