17 Mar 2014

NZ drivers dominate in Melbourne

6:01 am on 17 March 2014

It was New Zealand's weekend at the V8 Supercars races at the Australian Grand Prix, following young gun Scott McLaughlin's historic victory in his Volvo in Melbourne.

After compatriot Shane van Gisbergen won the first three races at the non-championship round, McLauchlin won the last one at the exhibition round at Albert Park on Sunday.

It's Volvo's first race win at just the manufacturer's second meeting since returning to the touring car class following a 28-year absence.

McLaughlin held out three-time V8 champion Craig Lowndes with Nissan's Michael Caruso third in the 12-lap race.

Remarkably, the 20-year-old's triumph sealed the eighth straight Albert Park V8 win by a New Zealand driver.

Holden's van Gisbergen faltered on Sunday to finish 14th.

The next official V8 Supercars championship round is in Tasmania from March 28-30.