GRID Ranking Championship Scenario
Marc Marquez almost did everything he needed to do to try and reclaim the GRID Ranking World Championship. Marc won from starting second place, and took the lead with 20 laps to go, leading most of the race. He ends the MotoGP season with 20.01 points in the GRID Ranking, his highest score and the first racer to end with over 20 points in the GRID Ranking.
Scott McLaughlin still leads the GRID Ranking, can be the second driver to end the GRID Ranking with over 20 points, and can win his first GRID Ranking World Championship. The Virgin Australia Supercars Series for the third year in a row will end the season at the Newcastle Street Course. The weekend consists of two races and each year Scott McLaughlin has won the first race of the weekend, so past success suggests that a strong showing is expected. Here’s a look at how Scott McLaughlin can claim his first GRID Ranking World Championship.
Starting Up Front
Scott McLaughlin has two poles, a second, and third starting spot in the past four races at Newcastle. With the fast Ford Mustang and a second Supercars championship wrapped up, don’t expect the Penske racer to take it easy in qualifying and go for the pole position for each race. Poles will earn points for Scott in the GRID Ranking, Marc Marquez failed to secure the pole at Valencia, and didn’t earn the maximum points available, so poles will help Scott claim the GRID World Championship.
Sweep the Weekend
A weekend sweep will ensure the GRID Ranking World Championship.
At Least Win One Race
The past two years at Newcastle Scott won the first race of the weekend. Assuming, Scott comes out strong again, winning one race during the weekend is very likely, and ensures that Scott at least earn nearly half of the points available during the entire race weekend. Winning one race from pole, will ensure at least half of the points available during the race weekend.
Win and Fourth Place
A win and a fourth place finish will ensure the GRID Ranking World Championship without a pole. If Scott wins from the pole, he can finish sixth place in the second race to win the GRID Ranking World Championship.
Finish Ahead of Starting Position
Another way to earn points is to finish ahead of where the racer started the race. It’s not the same amount of points a pole will award, especially if a racer goes out and wins the race, but valuable points for advancing your position. As long as Scott is finishing ahead of where he started, he is earning some valuable points.
No Race Win Situations
In the event Scott does not win either race at Newcastle, Scott needs to finish in second place in both races, and advance by at least one position from where he started in each race. This will ensure the GRID Ranking World Championship is his. If Scott finishes third in both races, he’ll need to advance six positions from where he started in each race. A combination of second and third will work if Scott advances a total of seven positions during the weekend. So, the easiest route if no win during the weekend, is get second place in both races, and advance two positions during the weekend.
Scott's History At Newcastle
In the four races at Newcastle, Scott has won two times, and a second place finish. His worst finish came in the 2017 second race, where Scott was given a 25 second time penalty for contact made with Craig Lowndes. Scott has two poles, a second, and third place starting position to his credit.
GRID Ranking World Champion
The likelihood of Scott McLaughlin winning the GRID Ranking World Championship is good overall. With his history there, a strong team, and a championship already wrapped up, no reason Scott will be taking it easy. If Scott takes the championship, he’ll be the first racer to lead the GRID Ranking every week. It’ll be a historic championship to whomever wins the GRID Ranking World Championship.