Scott McLaughlin

Driver of the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford in the Supercars Championship

Official website for DJR Team Penske Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin. 2012 Super 2 Champion, youngest Supercar race winner and twice Barry Sheene Medallist.

Scott McLaughlin made his racing debut at eight, progressing through the NZ and Australian Karting scenes before being given a test in a Stone Brothers Racing Supercar.

The Stones spotted the potential in the young McLaughlin, and took the decision to promote him straight into the 2010 Supercars Dunlop series at just 16 years’ of age.

2012 was a breakout year for Scott, competing in – and winning – both the Supercars Dunlop Series in Australia and the New Zealand V8 Super Tourer series. He also made his ‘main-game’ Supercar debut the same year, partnering Jonathon Webb at Tekno in both the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.

It was at the 2012 Sydney 500 that he got his ‘big break’, replacing the ill Alex Premat at Garry Rogers Motorsport for the final race of the season. He finished in 17th place after starting at the rear of the grid, and it was this performance that earned Scott a fulltime drive at GRM for the 2013 season.

Scott went onto become the youngest ever winner of a Supercars race when he won at Pukekohe Park Raceway in front of an adoring home crowd, ending the year 10th in the Championship to win the Mike Kable Young Gun Award that recognises rookie of the year.

2014 brought the new challenge of a manufacturer switch, as GRM represented Volvo’s return to Australian motorsport. He began the season in sensational style, qualifying on the front row at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, claiming a memorable second behind Craig Lowndes on the Saturday after an intense battle with six-time Champion Jamie Whincup. The season only got better from there, with five race wins, multiple podium finishes and nine pole positions, topped off with the Barry Sheene Medal for Supercars’ best and fairest.

A character building year followed in 2015 for Scott, with recurrent reliability issues putting paid to a genuine Championship challenge. All of that would change in 2016, as he put together his best season to date, where he would finish 3rd behind only Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup, taking his second Barry Sheene Medal in the process.

The fast Kiwi makes the move to DJR Team Penske for the 2017 season and beyond, joining his compatriot Fabian Coulthard in one of the most exciting and promising combinations in the sport. 

BORN

June 10, 1993

ORIGINS

Christchurch, New Zealand

RESIDES

Melbourne, Victoria

HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF RACING

Karting, iRacing, Road and Mountain Biking, Running and Golf

STATUS

In a Relationship

PERSONAL VEHICLE

2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak


Career Highlights

2016 (22-23 YEARS OLD):

FACTORY DRIVER FOR VOLVO/POLESTAR RACING in the V8 Supercar Championship Series:

-        2 Pole Positions

-        8 Podium Finishes

-        2 Wins

COMPETED IN THE BATHURST 12 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE (Porsche 911 in Class B):

- Finishing 1st in Class B and 12th outright

2015 (21-22 YEARS OLD):

 

FACTORY DRIVER FOR VOLVO/POLESTAR RACING in the V8 Supercar Championship Series:

-        5 Pole Positions

-        5 Podium Finishes

-        10 Top 5 Finishes

-        22 Top 10 Finshes

COMPETED IN A ONE OFF PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ENDURANCE ROUND (2 X 1 HOUR RACES):

-        Qualified 4th

-        Finished 2nd in the first race

- Finished 6th in the second race

-        Overall finished 3rd for the Round

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

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 (6-16 years old):

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

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