Scott McLaughlin fancies V8 endurance series

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 09/08/2014
Scott McLaughlin
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SPEEDSTER: Kiwi V8 driver Scott McLaughlin believes he will be a threat in the endurance races of the V8 Supercar Championship this season.

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Kiwi V8 Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin believes his 2014 season gamble has already paid off but knows he has more to show.

The 21-year-old was at Timaru International Motor Raceway yesterday doing hot laps for a sponsors' event.

"It's fun to be back in Timaru. I haven't raced here since 2010, so getting out there after a wee while away was interesting but it's a track I always enjoy."

Having made the switch to Volvo Polestar S60 for Team Valvoline, in 2014, McLaughlin felt his seventh place on the current championship leaderboard was proof enough they were on the right track.

"Its been good so far. We've been fast at most tracks but reliability has been a bit of an issue but we are building well towards next year."

With Bathurst, and the endurance portion of the season just two months away, McLaughlin said it could be the making of their debut season as a team.

"Our endurance series could be our championship.

"It gives us something to aim for.

"I think we came into this year thinking we wanted to get through the first few rounds and then go from there and try to build for next year.

"Things have gone better than we thought so far and this enduro campaign - Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast - we want to have a good hard crack and try to get the [endurance] championship."

McLaughlin brushed off a frustrating 19th place at Ipswich in the previous round, where he was nudged off track while in the lead by David Caruso.

"I'm stoked with where we are [in the championship]," he said.

"The only frustrating thing is that I think it could be higher if a few little things had gone our way,"

McLaughlin admitted to some nerves about making the switch at the start of the year but he believed his main concern now was maintaining speed ahead of the next round at Sydney on August 22.

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- The Timaru Herald

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