Scott McLaughlin pledges his future to GRM
Kiwi V8 Supercars sensation Scott McLaughlin believes he doesn't need to move to one of the big three teams in the series to become its champion.
McLaughlin, who won a race yesterday at the Perth 400, drives a Volvo for the Garry Rogers Motorsport team.
While they're a well resourced outfit, their budget doesn't come anywhere near that of Ford Performance Racing, Triple Eight or Holden Racing Team.
McLaughlin is having a superb season and is regarded as the sport's next superstar in Australia, but it has been questioned whether he needs to shift teams to go all the way.
But McLaughlin says he's committed long term to GRM and believes he can achieve all he wants with them.
"I am contracted to the end of 2016 with Garry so I've got a long way to go," McLaughlin told Sunday News.
"I'm happy with where I am and I think we can win the championship one day.
"This is only our first year [in Volvos] and already people are saying we can do that this year, so when we get into our second or third year we're going to be going all right.
"Triple Eight and FPR have got a lot bigger budget than us and a few other things, but at the end of the day we've got to do the business on the track and we're starting to get faster.
"I'm here until 2016 and I feel like we've got a good enough package and we just might surprise a few people."
There have been rumours Volvo are looking to have more cars racing in the series with suggestions that Erebus may switch from Mercedes to the Swedish manufacturer. The other route is for GRM to have two extra cars, to partner McLaughlin and his current team-mate Robert Dahlgren.
"Definitely Volvo want to expand but I'm not sure how, whether they want to go to another team or not," McLaughlin said.
"Sure, I'd love to have a couple more cars out there, it would be good for Robert and myself to have more data coming at us, because at the moment there are only two Volvos out there and 11 Holdens and a few other Fords."