Scott McLaughlin (racing driver)

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Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin 2013 V8 Supercar Test Day.jpg
McLaughlin at the 2013 V8 Supercar Test Day.
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 21)
Christchurch, New Zealand
2014 V8 Supercars Championship
Debut season 2012
Current team Garry Rogers Motorsport
Car no. 33
Former teams Tekno Autosports
Starts 22
Wins 3
Best finish 10th in 2013 International V8 Supercars Championship

Scott McLaughlin (born 10 June 1993) is a motor racing driver from Christchurch, New Zealand, currently competing in the International V8 Supercars Championship for Garry Rogers Motorsport and the New Zealand V8 SuperTourer Series. He is the youngest person to ever race a V8 supercar.[1]

McLaughlin won his first race in the New Zealand V8 touring car series early 2011, becoming the youngest ever driver to win a race in the Championship at just 17 years old.[2] He later became part of the rival V8 SuperTourer series in New Zealand and became the inaugural series champion.

Karting[edit]

McLaughlin began racing karts when he was eight, and represented New Zealand in the Rotax Max Challenge held in Italy,[3][4] but had long aspired to race V8s, and was given a trial in one at Stone Brothers Racing while doing work experience there.[1]

Dunlop V8 Supercar Series[edit]

In 2010, McLaughlin confirmed that he would be racing for Stone Brothers Racing in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at just 16 years of age, becoming the youngest ever V8 Supercar driver.[1] He didn't make his debut until the second round of the series, however, due to not having the appropriate competition licence.[5]

McLaughlin won his first race in the series at Queensland Raceway in 2011[6] before going on to win the title in 2012.[7]

V8 SuperTourer Series[edit]

McLaughlin drove a Holden VE Commodore in the 2012 season of the V8 SuperTourer Series. He won six races for MPC Motorsport on his way to becoming the inaugural series champion.[8]

International V8 Supercars Championship[edit]

McLaughlin made his debut in the International V8 Supercars Championship at the Sandown 500 in 2012, as a co-driver to Jonathon Webb at Tekno Autosports. The pair performed well at both Sandown and Bathurst, finishing in tenth place at Sandown and in sixth place at Bathurst. McLaughlin also drove at the Sydney 500 for Garry Rogers Motorsport after Alexandre Prémat was forced out of the Sunday race due to extreme heat exhaustion the day before.[9] McLaughlin was later signed by GRM as a full-time driver for 2013.[7]

McLaughlin will continue with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2014 under its new identity as Volvo Polestar Racing.


Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 12th Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2010–11 New Zealand V8s 8th Holden VZ Commodore Supercheap Auto Racing
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 4th Ford BF Falcon
Ford FG Falcon
Stone Brothers Racing
2012 V8 SuperTourers Championship 1st Holden VE Commodore MPC Motorsport
2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 1st Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
Matt Stone Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 33rd Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports
Garry Rogers Motorsport
2013 V8 SuperTourers Championship 5th Holden VE Commodore Scott McLaughlin Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Holden VF Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport


Complete V8 SuperTourer results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Final Pos Points
2012 MPC Motorsport Holden VE Commodore HAM
R1

10
HAM
R2

15
HAM
R3

3
RUA
R4

Ret
RUA
R5

7
RUA
R6

15
MAN
R7

MAN
R8

MAN
R9

HAM
R10

1
HAM
R11

1
HAM
R12

1
TAU
R13

2
TAU
R14

1
PUK
R15

1
PUK
R16

2
PUK
R17

2
RUA
R18

1
RUA
R19

15
1st 3474
2013 Scott McLaughlin Racing Holden VE Commodore HAM
R1

Ret
HAM
R2

Ret
HAM
R3

Ret
RUA
R4

17
RUA
R5

7
RUA
R6

Ret
PUK
R7

3
PUK
R8

4
PUK
R9

3
TAU
R10

2
TAU
R11

9
TAU
R12

Ret
HAM
R13

4
HAM
R14

2
HAM
R15

Ret
HAM
R16

Ret
HAM
R17

3
HAM
R18

6
PUK
R19

5
PUK
R20

2
PUK
R21

1
5th 2744

* Season in progress


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrew Thompson
Winner of the V8 Supercar Development Series
2012
Succeeded by
Dale Wood
Preceded by
none
Winner of the V8 SuperTourers Championship
2012
Succeeded by
Greg Murphy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phelps, James (1 May 2010). "McLaughlin racing on L-plates". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Eric (14 March 2011). "Teenager grabs first V8 win". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "McLAUGHLIN WINS PLACE AT MAJOR KARTING WORLD FINAL", AKA, racefan.com.au
  4. ^ "KIWI DRIVERS ON THE WAY HOME AFTER UP AND DOWN ROTAX MAX GRAND FINALS MEETING IN ITALY", Ross MacKay, nzmotorsport.co.nz
  5. ^ "Young Kiwi to make MINI Challenge debut". SpeedCafe. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "McLaughlin secures Fujitsu support for 2012". 27 October 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "McLaughlin Confirmed at Fujitsu Racing GRM". Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Teen champ Scott McLaughlin will have a target on his back as the V8 SuperTourers season begins". news.com.au. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Dale, William (2 December 2012). "New Dunlop Series champion Scott McLaughlin will replace an ill Alex Premat at the Sydney Telstra 500". news.com.au. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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