Fan-favourite Scott McLaughlin explains the ins and outs of his move to DJR Team Penske in a typically candid and colourful conversation with Mark Fogarty in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #97.
Issue #97 is your must-have guide to the new season, including full-field driver profiles, team-by-team changes and event previews. Included with the print edition is a 2017 Freightliner-backed Supercars calendar fridge magnet and V8 champions and Shane van Gisbergen poster.
Issue #97 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.
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It was the moment that made Scott McLaughlin a star. "I just plucked it in first, gave it some jandal and f--k yeah!"
He had just beaten Jamie Whincup after an epic battle in the closing stages of the second race of the 2014 Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Their duel was decided in the final corner and McLaughlin's description of how he scrambled past Whincup became the foundation of his popularity.
His unfiltered elation immortalised a performance that was memorable on its own. In just the second race for the Volvo S60, McLaughlin went wheel-to-wheel with the reigning champion and came out on top.
Rarely has a fight for second place in a race been so celebrated, but it was of such high quality it heralded McLaughlin as a fast-rising force. His unrestrained reaction endeared him to the fans and the wider public and his engaging personality has continued to shine through.
He is the most characterful top-line driver to come along in a generation, with his combination of talent and fan-friendliness likened to the appeal of Craig Lowndes. Add his candour and the New Zealander has the attributes to become the next superstar of the sport.
McLaughlin rapidly rose to prominence with Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM), winning two races in his debut season in the main game in 2013. Since GRM's switch to Volvo in '14, he has helped make the Swedish brand cool, winning six championship races and 17 pole positions in the past three seasons.
He was third in last year's driver's championship and led Wilson Security Racing GRM to third in the teams' standings amid the shock of Volvo's unexpected decision to withdraw from Supercars at the end of the season.
Volvo's departure triggered McLaughlin's big-money move to DJR Team Penske (DJRTP) on a multi-year contract. His signing alongside fellow Kiwi Fabian Coulthard raises expectations and, along with other changes, signals the team's intent to establish the Shell V-Power Racing Ford Falcon FG Xs at the front of the field.
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