After an action packed 3 days of racing at Pukekohe Park the only drivers who can win the Championship are Scott or SVG and Scott goes into the final event of the season with a very slender 14 point lead.
The only difference was that McLaughlin claimed the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy with his victory in yesterday's race as he held off Jamie Whincup who eventually eased off the throttle to let his teammate van Gisbergen pass.
Those team orders were the only awkward note in a weekend of aggressive racing after van Gisbergen made an extraordinary door-rattling pass in Saturday's race and pulled away just enough to cancel out a five-second stewards' penalty.
He then had to survive a further inquiry at the ITM sponsored race-day about spinning his wheels in a pit stop before his car was dropped from the jacks.
In the second race McLaughlin was sandwiched between the Holden duo of Whincup and the Giz but kept his composure and went into the lead after a second pit stop and kept former champion Whincup in his rear mirror for the rest of the race.
"We race hard for our respective teams and we both want the same things," McLaughlin said. "There are times that will see some tension but at the end of the day the right driver will win and we will sort it out on track."
Van Gisbergen said the decider in three weeks in Newcastle would be equally hard fought..
"As Scotty said we always race super hard and we give ourselves a car width and maybe a mirror."
While the leaders delighted the crowd another Kiwi Fabian Coulthard had his Saturday ruined when he was shunted into the wall as the unlucky victim in a three car snarl up with Lee Holdsworth and Richie Stanaway.