Scott McLaughlin

Success in motorsport came early for Scott when he represented New Zealand in an international kart challenge after he started racing karts from the age of eight. Moving up to touring cars, at the age of 17, he became the youngest driver to win a race in the New Zealand V8 series in 2011.

Scott was quick to impress when he first arrived on the V8 Supercars scene in Australia in 2012 at the Sandown 500 for his maiden drive in the championship. In the same year, he won both the Dunlop V8 series and the NZ V8 Super Tourer series. His natural talent was clearly evident and marked him as a potential future champion in the V8 Supercars category.

In 2013, he joined the Garry Rogers’ team as a full-time driver, becoming the youngest driver to win a V8 Supercars race and finishing his debut full season in the top 10.

In 2014, his first season driving a Volvo S60 in the make’s debut into the category, he mastered the new car in record time and regularly placed it at the top of the grid in qualifying and in Top 10 shootouts. By season end, he had racked up six podiums, 10 pole positions and five outright wins to establish both the Volvo S60 and himself as future champions.

Through the 2015 season, the team encountered a number of mechanical issues with the Volvos which kept them out of contention for the championship. The GRM team worked ceaselessly to overcome the problems and towards the end of the year, reliability and the earlier pace of the cars started to return.

The team was buoyed by some good performances in the latter part of the year, particularly in qualifying and Top 10 shootouts in the enduros, where Scott had the uncanny skill of pulling out an exceptional flying lap in the last minutes of the session.

Towards season end, Scott had amassed five poles and in the final race of the year at Homebush, he and his fellow Volvo team driver, David Wall, qualified both cars for the Top 10 shootout for the first time, with Scott finishing second fastest to share the front of the grid.

While not finishing on the podium in the race, Scott’s performances on the day were good enough to put him in the top 10 of the championship in 8th position at the end of the season.

Category V8 Supercars
Team Wilson Security Racing GRM (Volvo Cyan Racing)
Car #33 Volvo S60
Born 10 June 1993 Christchurch New Zealand
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