Scott Mclaughlin drove the new Volvo V8 Supercar to its first win in Perth last weekend after gaining pole position in qualifying. The win was Volvo’s first win in Australia since Robbie Francevic won the Australian touring car title in a 240T in 1986.
McLaughlin said the win would mean the world to team owner Garry Rogers, but also for his mum, dad and sister.
“It was a big decision to be with Volvo and just to continue my career at GRM,” he said. McLaughlin had previously completed a fabrication apprenticeship with Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM).
“We went through some rough times while doing that and it was a bit emotional.”
“So to do it and to show that I’ve made the right decision is a big thing in my life and my career.”
The 20-year-old has been one of the standout drivers in 2014 – his first season in V8 Supercars.
Before Saturday, he’d already claimed three podiums and as many poles in the new S60 – plus a non-championship triumph at the Australian Grand Prix.
But McLaughlin isn’t about to get complacent and predicts there’ll more wins are on the cards for his factory-backed outfit.
“Yeah for sure, we’re not slowing down,” he said.
“We just want to keep going and we’ll keep working hard to do that.”
“I am very stoked to have it (the win) happen. For everyone back in Gothenburg (Volvo), for everyone at Valvoline and for everyone back at our (GRM) workshop in Dandenong South this is awesome.
His win overshadowed a comeback-of-sorts for Holden veteran Craig Lowndes, who took race two honours later in the day.