AFFABLE Kiwi Scott McLaughlin dominated the V8 Supercars meeting at Barbagallo Raceway with victories in both heats in his Shell V-Power Falcon FG/X.
The Fords had the meeting to themselves, with only the Commodore of Jamie Whincup making it to the podium in the first heat.
McLaughlin won the first race from teammate Fabian Coulthard, with Whincup next, and took the second heat from Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom, all Falcon-mounted.
Perth teenage driver Alex Rullo finished 24th in the first heat and 23rd in the second.
Local racer Peter Major won one of the GT races in his Lamborghini R-EX from the Audi R8 LMS cars of James Koundouris and Kelvin van der Linde while Queensander Liam Talbot in a Porsche 911 GT-3-R won the other heat from the McLaren GT3s of Victoria’s Fraser Ross and NSW’s Tony Walls.
Spectators also had their first look at the Aussie Racing Cars, small fiberglass-bodied vehicles powered by motorcycle engines, and Formula 4, a new international open-wheel development category filling the critical step between elite junior karting, Formula 3 and ultimately Formula 1.
The cars are all French-built Mygales, powered by 1.6-litre turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engines.
Perth driver Nick Rowe is among the championship leaders, and managed a good second place in one of the heats, finishing just behind winner Liam Lawson of New Zealand.
The first heat was won by Cameron Shields of Queensland, with Tyler Everingham (NSW) second and Lawson third.