'Probably just being a bit too safe' - Scott McLaughlin pipped for Supercars pole position in first Darwin race

Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin has been pipped for pole position in this afternoon's first Supercars race in Darwin by Holden's David Reynolds.

Reynolds snatched the top spot off the Kiwi early in the 15-minute session, setting a time of 1:05.89 to take pole by four tenths of a second.

“I threw everything I had at it and it stuck," Reynolds said.

"The car was pretty good, thanks to all the boys, they put in the hard work last night to change the set-up a bit."

McLaughlin was critical in his self-evaluation afterward.

"I just missed a little bit on my lap, probably just being a bit too safe trying to get that first lap in, and paid the price.

"[On the second lap] I basically knew through 1, the track had changed completely grip wise. It’s unbelievable how it all happens and how our cars react to that rubber.

"It’s probably something we need to think about in the future, but it’s the same for everyone."

The first race of the Darwin Triple Crown starts at 6:45pm NZT this evening.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22:  race winner Scott McLaughlin driver of the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Falcon FGX celebrates on the podium during race 1 for the Supercars Australian Grand Prix round at Albert Park on March 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
Scott McLaughlin on the podium at the Australian GP. Source: Getty


'I'm still smiling' - Kiwi F1 driver Brendon Hartley thanks fans for messages of support after crashing out of Canadian GP

Kiwi F1 driver Brendon Hartley has taken to social media today to thank fans for their messages of support after he crashed out of the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday.

Hartley, 28, driving for Toro Rosso was involved in a collision with Williams driver Lance Stroll in the opening lap of yesterday's race.

"Thanks for all the kind messages that have flooded in over social. I'm all ok," Hartley posted on Instagram.

"Yes I have been a bit unlucky recently, yes there has been a bit of noise in the background, but I feel strong, hungrier than ever, and I have full confidence in myself and the team of people around me."

The New Zealand driver was on the outside of Stroll and was nudged into the wall, both drivers walked away unharmed from the crash.

"I will continue working hard to make my own luck at the next race. Lastly and maybe most importantly, I’m still smiling 👍

"Thanks to all at Toro Rosso and Honda for doing a great job all weekend."



Brendon Hartley 'definitely had the pace' after premature Canadian Grand Prix exit

Kiwi Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley was inconsolable after his premature exit at this morning's Canadian Grand Prix, staring at being axed by Italian outfit Toro Rosso.

Already under pressure for his spot with Toro Rosso, taking just one point from his seven races going into this morning's Grand Prix in Montreal, Hartley bombed out on the first lap, colliding with Mercedes' Lance Stroll.

It's the second Grand Prix in a row that Hartley's race has been cut short by another driver's crash, having suffered a similar accident at last month's Monaco Grand Prix, rear ended by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Speaking to media after his return from hospital, Hartley said that it was an opportunity lost for himself and Toro Rosso, after qualifying 12th on the grid.

"I'm really disappointed for Toro Rosso and Honda, because we've been quite strong all weekend with a good update from the power unit," he said.

"I think we definitely had the pace to challenge for points today.

"It's a frustrating way to end the Canadian Grand Prix as I've been really happy with my performance all weekend."

Hartley's fears over losing his position as a Toro Rosso driver could be slightly allayed however, after team principal Franz Tost released a statement following the crash.

"This was not our race weekend ... it's a shame Brendon retired on the first lap of the race after he was pushed into the wall by Stroll."

"I think we can get more out of our package than we were able to show today, and I'm confident that we can have a better performance in the upcoming race weekend in France."

Hartley will be hoping to keep his spot going into the French Grand Prix later this month in Le Castellet.