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About Scott

Having stepped up from the Dunlop Series as the reigning Champion, McLaughlin made his debut in the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship. He made an impact immediately, qualifying in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout for his first official full-time race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

McLaughlin went onto to take two Championship races wins and finished the 2013 season 10th in the Championship, earning him the the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, recognising rookie of the year.

The quietly spoken Kiwi-born racer made his debut in the Development Series as a 16-year-old back in 2010.

Having started his career in karts, the youngster was part of the Britek Motorsport Scholarship program and impressed Stone Brothers Racing bosses Ross and Jim Stone enough to warrant them moving him straight into the Dunlop Series.

An apprentice fabricator with experience working behind the scenes at SBR, Pace Innovations and GRM, McLaughlin completed his apprenticeship in 2013 and will still continue to work in the Valvoline Racing GRM workshop in-between on-track commitments.

In 2014 McLaughlin had the opportunity to develop and race a new car, with Valvoline Racing GRM making the switch from Holden to Volvo and debuting the Volvo Polestar S60s at the first round in Adelaide.

It proved to be a very successful year for Volvo/Polestar Racing and Scott, winning 5 races,  making 10 podiums and claiming 10 ‘Pole’ positions ending the year 5th in the Championship Standings also.

Scott and Volvo have now proved that the Volvo will be a championship threat in 2015.

 

Career Achievements:

2014 (20-21 Years Old):

Factory driver for Volvo/Polestar Racing’s first year in the V8 Supercars Championship Series:

–        10 Pole Positions

–        4 wins

–        10 Podium Finishes

–        15 Top 5 Finishes

–        27 Top 10 Finshes

–        Barry Sheene Medalist for 2014

Competed in a One off Porsche Carrera Cup Endurance Round (2 x 1 Hour Races):

–        Qualified 3rd

–        Finished 2nd in each race

–        Overall Winner of the Round

 

2013 (19-20 Years Old):

Rookie V8 Supercar Championship Year with Garry Rogers Motorsport racing Holden Commodore’s:

–        2 Wins

Becoming the youngest ever race winner in V8 Supercars

–        3 Podium Finishes

–        3 Top 5 Finishes

–        14 Top 10 Finishes

–        Finished 10th in the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship

Highest ever position by a rookie in series history

–        Rookie of the Year for the V8 Supercars Championship 2013

Competed in the NZ V8 Supertourer Championship (7 Rounds, 21 Races) with Scott McLaughlin Racing in a Holden Commodore:

–        1 Win

–        7 Podium Finishes

–        10 Top 5 Finishes

–        13 Top 10 Finishes

–        Finished 5th in the V8 Supertourer Championship

 

2012 (18-19 years Old):

Competed in the 2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series (7 Rounds, 18 Races) with Stone Brothers Racing in a Ford Falcon:

–        4 Wins

–        12 Podium Finishes

–        15 Top 5 Finishes

–        17 Top 10 Finishes

–        Series Champion

Competed in the first ever NZ V8 Supertourer Championship (7 Rounds, 19 Races) with Scott McLaughlin Racing in a Holden Commodore:

–        6 wins

–        10 Podium Finishes

–        10 Top 5 Finishes

–        12 Top 10 Finishes

–        Series Champion

Competed in the V8 Supercar Endurance Races (The Sandown 500 and The Bathurst 1000) with Jonathon Webb and Tekno Autosports in a Holden Commodore:

–        Finished 9th at the Sandown 500

–        Finished 6th at the Bathurst 1000

Competed in a One Off Race for Garry Rogers Motorsport in the last race of the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship (as a reward for winning the Dunlop Series):

–        Finished 17th

 

2011 (17-18 Years Old):

Competed in the 2011 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series (7 Rounds, 17 Races) with Stone Brothers Racing in a Ford Falcon:

–        1 Win

–        3 Podium Finishes

–        10 Top 5 Finishes

–        14 Top 10 Finishes

–        Finished 4th in Championship

 

2010 (16-17 Years Old):

Competed in Rookie Season of the 2010 Dunlop Series (6 Rounds, 16 Races) with Stone Brothers Racing in a Ford Falcon:

–        1 Top 5 Finish

–        8 Top 10 Finishes

–        Finished 12th in Championship

Competed in Rookie Season of the 2010 NZV8 Championship (7 Rounds, 21 Races) with Racing Projects in a Holden Commodore:

–        1 Win

–        Finished 8th in Championship

–        Rookie of the Year

 

2009-1999:

Raced Karts for 10 years

–        1 New Zealand National Championship

–        1 New Zealand North Island Championship

–        3 Australian State Championships

–        3rd 2008 Australian National Championships

–        Competed for New Zealand at the 2008 Rotax World Championships in Italy finishing 19th out of 72 contesting

 

 

 

23 thoughts on “About Scott”

  1. Scott what a fantastic start to your career, hope you continue your winning way. The way you deal with the media and support your fans is terrific you will become one of the greats. All the best.

  2. Go scotty love following you, you are go hard all the time, love the grm team they all work hard for a smaller team.

  3. Great website with a great layout and lots of detail. IF you would like photos from Phillip Island of you in the Grove Porsche for your site just let us know. Terry

  4. Good effort so far in your career. And not bad effort with website.
    Was at pukekohe for your first win an have followed u since.
    Got your 1-18 33 model on order. Need a signature though next year at Puke.
    Bryan

  5. Hey Scottie
    Big fan! Love the site, I’ve been a web designer since 1997 and run my own agency – nice work here man. If you ever need any help or have questions, let me know!

    Cheers
    Lucas

  6. Excellent resume Scotty, and the website is good and will get better as you develop it. One word of criticism? In the second paragraph on the ‘home’ page, the word onto is used. In the context in which it is used, it should be ‘on to’.
    Keep up the good work mate. I nominated Lowndesy as a future champion when he first raced, and I don’t think I was wrong. I say the same about yourself. Thanks for the memories already young man.

  7. great page scott you have done very well in your career in v8 what a champion do yuo have signed hats as ive just built a bar and have it covered in hats i collect have all of mark webers formula one cars and hrt ones would love to add a volvo hat to this collection

  8. Hey Scotty, was a great year and am looking forward to the new season. Web site looking great,
    I did notice a repeat of THE in 2nd paragraph of history>
    – earning him the the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, recognising rookie of the year.

    And in Career Achievements: 2014 (20-21 Years Old):
    you left out finished 5th overall.

    Am sure someone else pointed these out. A little OCD but anyways thanks for being you and bringing character back to motorsport. Will be a fan for life bro

  9. Definitely a breath of fresh air to the sport. Amazing results especially last year can’t wait to see what 2015 brings. Well done Scott

  10. Hi Scotty. Great season in 2014. I know 2015 is gonna be even better. You will prove that jandle power is better than horse power. Enjoy the rest of your break. Looking forward to watching you on Sky Sport again this year. Hopefully by the time Pukekohe weekend arrives, I’ll be working and be able to come and watch, maybe even catch up for a quick hello.
    Dave Davy
    HKC finisher

  11. Very proud Kiwi following and supporting V8s and I have to say that you have been an inspiration, both for the sport and NZ. You are a true champion in the making, and your attitude to racing and the fans is amazing. Keep being you and you will forever be the KIWI favourite.

  12. All the best in 2015 from outback Thailand,,, Have been keeping a eye on your driving the last couple of years. Good to see the poles. Now to learn how to win races from near the front of the grid. Easier said than done,, Good luck.

  13. Great scotty keep up the great work we ll folow you all this season to your a great driver with a bloody good personality all the best for this season my friend take care bundy

  14. Good Luck this year Scott. I hope you push Jamie all the way. I respect Jamie and you. Both of you have proven hard work and dedication pays off. Don’t get ya Jandal caught up with SVG he is going to push you hard as well but I believe in you and God Volvo. !!!!!!

  15. Good Luck this year Scott. I hope you push Jamie all the way. I respect Jamie and you. Both of you have proven hard work and dedication pays off. Don’t get ya Jandal caught up with SVG he is going to push you hard as well but I believe in you and GRM Volvo. !!!!!!

  16. All the best for this years Championship mate. It’s yours for the taking Scotty. GO GET IT!! Tim and Jessica (Diehard McLaughlin Fans!)

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