Nationals Preview: Scott McLaughlin & The Britek Karters

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Britek Motorsport Scholarship driver Scott McLaughlin will go into this weekend's AKA Sprint Nationals sponsored by Yamaha at Archerville outside Launceston (Tasmania) as one of the favourites in the Junior Clubman category.

14-year-old McLaughlin has enjoyed a great start to the year winning at the Victorian Titles as well as the 'Top Gun' Junior Clubman Series at Oakleigh Kart Track in Melbourne.

The Gold Coast-based racer dominated proceedings at the Victorian State Titles, taking pole position as well as winning all three heats and the final.

The Nationals will bring together all the top karters in the country and McLaughlin is fully aware of the challenge that is ahead.

"We have had excellent preparation, but you need to put it all together over the weekend," said McLaughlin. "This is a prestigious title and it's something that I have been aiming to win for a long time. I have tried to race or at least be practicing in my clubman kart as much as possible in recent weeks. I know that a lot of the top guys have also been doing as much as possible to get ready for the weekend.

"I also joined the other Britek Motorsport Scholarship guys who raced Formula Ford at Eastern Creek a couple of weeks back to get as much information about their kart racing experience at Archerville. I also spent time with V8 driver Jason Bright to better understand how to approach the event. I'm really looking forward to giving it my best shot this weekend."

In McLaughlin's corner this weekend will be Britek Motorsport Scholarship Formula Ford racer and two-time Australian Kartig Champion Adam Graham (Lismore - NSW, pictured right).

Graham will work alongside Robbie Morton in preparing and maintaining the kart, a key element in chasing the National Title.

Although not part of the Britek Motorsport Scholarship this weekend, Graham's Formula Ford teammate Ben Walter (Hobart - Tasmania, pictured below) will also be chasing his first national title in the Leopard Heavy class at the event.

Adding to the professional approach taken by McLaughlin, he will race in full Britek Motorsport Scholarship colours.

Managing Director of Britek Motorsport Jason Bright will be keeping a close eye on the news and results from Tasmania.

"I've not only seen Scott race, but also spend time with him away from the track," said Bright. "He has the dedication and desire to do well. Also he wants to learn and really listens to the advise he's given. Despite being 14 years-of-age, he has a very cool head on his shoulders.

"Scott has a great opportunity for a long career in motor sport. Importantly he knows that titles like the one he's chasing this weekend are key to him achieving that dream."