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Thursday, 08 November 2018 15:55

Newcastle 2017: The greatest finale


The inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500 produced the most dramatic championship-deciding showdown in the history of Australian touring cars. We reflect on that historic weekend in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #107.

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Newcastle debuted on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a spectacular 14-turn, 2.6-kilometre street circuit around the east-end of the town and along the foreshore and Nobbys Beach.

Five drivers entered the event with a mathematical chance of securing the championship, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert and Shane van Gisbergen. Realistically, though, it was between Whincup and McLaughlin.

McLaughlin driver scored two pole positions in Newcastle, taking his record-breaking season tally to 16 – pole in 61 per cent of the races.

And he won the opening race of the weekend to take a healthy lead into the final race following a tyre failure for Whincup. But the title would be decided on the final lap of the 26th and final race of the season.

Three penalties, including for a last-lap tangle with Craig Lowndes, demoted McLaughlin to 18th and opened the door for Whincup to snatch the title.

While the drama played out with McLaughlin, Whincup did his bit with a commanding performance across the event and won the final race to secure his seventh drivers’ championship.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Shane van Gisbergen
3310 -562
3. Jamie Whincup
3208 -664
4. Fabian Coulthard
3058 -814
5. Chaz Mostert
2879 -993
6. David Reynolds
2694 -1178
7. Cameron Waters
2588 -1284
8. Will Davison
2495 -1377
9. Nick Percat
2445 -1427
10. Lee Holdsworth
2428 -1444

Full championship standings