John McIntyre jumped into the lead of the V8 SuperTourer sprint series with just one race to go after a dramatic morning of racing at Hampton Downs today.
In a race peppered by safety car periods, Scott McLaughlin emerged to take his second straight win of the series after making solid passes on both Jonny Reid and early leader Andy Booth.
After each restart, McLaughlin was able to take a useful margin that prevented Booth from making a serious attempt for the lead.
Reid was holding third and looking likely to increase his overall lead in the points tally, before gearbox gremlins struck and forced him to a halt just shy of the pit lane entry. That brought out a safety car and, more significantly, allowed McIntyre to leapfrog Reid in the race and the points.
With one race to go this afternoon, McIntyre leads the table with 1911 points, 60 ahead of Reid on 1851.
The 2012 season for the V8 SuperTourers includes both sprint series and endurance series titles, as well as an overall champion at the end of the year.
The Hampton Downs event is the fourth round of the championship and the last of the sprint series events.