Sights Set On Japan For McLaughlin

press release

After two races in two different countries on consecutive weekends and with another international visit beckoning, 16-year-old Gold Coast driver Scott McLaughlin is firmly focused on his next event at VACC Park in Victoria, the coveted “City of Melbourne Titles”.  McLaughlin won this event three times in succession as a Junior driver, but the weekend of August 14-15 will see him attempt to make it four in a row and his first as a Senior competitor.

Up against what will likely be the strongest field this year, McLaughlin spent last Monday testing at the Port Melbourne circuit and is confident he can challenge for outright honours after a successful day evaluating changes to his Arrow chassis.

“This is the one I want,” said Scott.  “Winning this event would mean so much to me ... and our team and I know it is going to be one of the toughest events of the year.  Robbie, Phil and I enjoyed a productive day of testing there on Monday and I’m sure I can mix it with the best of them.  The winner will receive the opportunity to contest the Japanese Formula Yamaha Title and I want to contest that event and add it to the experience I gained when contesting the World Junior Rotax Titles in Italy last year.  We’re doing everything we can to have a successful weekend – I can’t wait to get stuck right into it.”

In addition to the recent testing, Scott has been keeping himself sharp by contesting events at his former home track in Hamilton, New Zealand before jetting back to Australia to contest Round 4 of the Victorian Country Series at Hadden Park Raceway in Ballarat.  The New Zealand event was a one-off appearance with old friends, but his second place in the Victorian Country Series sees him leading on points with two rounds remaining.  

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In further exciting news for Scott, he has been appointed as an ambassador for a new, low budget racing machine called the Hyper PRO Racer.  Scott will help develop the machine, which is the brainchild of former Australian Formula 2 Champion, Jon Crooke.  One of the target markets for this exciting machine is karting so keep an eye out for more news on the Hyper PRO Racer in the very near future.



Hamilton, NZ - July 26th

                        Race 1              Race 2              Race 3              Pre Final           Final/ Overall
Started                 8                      2                     14                     5                      6
Finished              dnf                     5                      3                     4                      4
Haddon Raceway Ballarat, VIC - Aug 2nd

                        Race 1              Race 2              Final                 Overall             
Started                 3                     17                     3                      2                     

Finished                2                      6                     1