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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 04:48

McLaughlin: The new king of Supercars


Scott McLaughlin overcame the disappointment of his last-gasp title defeat in 2017 to claim his maiden championship win in 2018.

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.  

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #109.

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.

The print edition of issue #109 also includes a McLaughlin 2018 champion poster. CLICK HERE to see the poster and purchase it separately. 

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings