It marked the first championship success for DJR Team Penske owners Team Penske and the final title for Ford’s Falcon, while confirming McLaughlin’s status as the biggest threat of a new generation coming through in Supercars.
He shares his thoughts on his championship success and defending the title with the new Mustang in an exclusive in-depth interview in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #109.
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You’d forgive McLaughlin for suffering from a case of déjà vu in 2018. Like the previous year, the championship battle went down to the final event in Newcastle following a season of ups and downs for the DJR Team Penske driver and his opponent from Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
In 2018 the gap between himself and Shane van Gisbergen expanded and contracted throughout the season. There was controversy at times, great racing at others and a captivating battle right to the end, where McLaughlin overcame the disappointment of the previous season to wrap it up in style.
Now, having farewelled the Falcon with its 17th championship win in the #17 made famous by Ford hero Dick Johnson, attention turns to defending the title with the new Mustang Supercar in 2019.
Before then, though, McLaughlin shared his reflections on the championship success of 2018, gearing up for the new challenge of the Mustang and being the new king of Supercars.
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