Britek Scholarship Starts On Winning Note

press release

scott mclaughlinThe Britek Motorsport Scholarship has kicked-off on the best possible note with 14-year-old Scott McLaughlin winning the 'Top Guns' Junior Clubman Series at the Oakleigh Kart track in Melbourne over consecutive Friday night meetings.

On Friday 18 January the Gold Coast racer took Pole Position, won the opening race and finished third in a very wet second race to be placed first overall. Then on Friday 25 January he was second on the grid by 0.015, took a green-light to flag-fall win in the opening race, then enjoyed a great duel in race #2 to post another victory.

The result in a field of 22 entries was an overwhelming victory in the two-meet series. "This is a great way to start the year," said McLaughlin. "The competition was very tough, especially in the wet and the final race of the series. "I know that I still have a lot to learn and that's my real goal in 2008."

Britek Motorsport Managing Director and driver of the #25 Fujitsu Racing Ford Falcon in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, Jason Bright, was in attendance and pleased with McLaughlin's performance. "Scott's performance was very impressive," said Bright. "Even more than the result, it was the way he went about his preparation for the meeting and his race craft is really developing.

"Experience is everything in motor sport. His dedication, plus his willingness to listen to myself and other experienced people around him, is a great sign.

McLaughlin's schedule in 2008 includes:

  • Victorian State Titles - February 7-9
  • Australian Titles - March 21-23
  • Queensland State Titles - July 4-6
  • City of Melbourne Titles - August 17-18
  • Rotax Nationals - September 4-7
  • New South Wales State Titles - October 3-5

The Britek Motorsport Scholarship is a new initiative designed to provide aspiring youngsters with a career staircase from karting through Formula Ford. As well as supporting McLaughlin, the Britek Motorsport Scholarship along with Minda Motorsport will field four entries for Adam Graham, Taylor Gore, Martin Swindells and Ben Walter in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.