Motorsport: McLaughlin gunning for big Volvo farewell

By Dale Budge at Pukekohe Park Raceway

Scott McLaughlin in action during practice ahead of the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. Photo / Matthew Hansen
Scott McLaughlin in action during practice ahead of the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. Photo / Matthew Hansen

Volvo star Scott McLaughlin is determined to finish his time with Garry Rogers Motorsport on a high by winning at his home track - the same venue where he got his breakthrough win with the team in 2013.

McLaughlin became the youngest ever Supercars winner when he collected a race win at Pukekohe Park Raceway in 2013 at just 19 years old.

He has become a regular winner with the team since but agreed to a big money move to DJR Team Penske for 2017.

McLaughlin would love to bag another race win in front of friends and family at Pukekohe but is also vying with Team Vortex's Craig Lowndes for third in the championship - something he'd like to do as a farewell act with the team.

"Garry has been a great boss to me," McLaughlin tells herald.co.nz.

"I have a great association with all these guys. They are the same guys that have been on my car for the past four years.

"It is a pretty cool concept we have got going on here.

"It is exciting with my new venture but it is sad that I am leaving where I did my grass roots in V8 Supercars."

McLaughlin says the opportunity to link up with a team that is owned by racing legends Roger Penske and Dick Johnson was too big a chance to turn down.

"Moving forward the opportunity was too hard to let go," he says. "But I will always remember that [GRM] was the reason why I got to where I have right now."

- NZ Herald

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