Scott McLaughlin races to back-to-back Supercars Championships
A record 18 wins. 15 pole positions. 22 podiums. 10 fastest laps. A season-end margin of 562 points.
It was some 2019 season for TLA Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin, who was officially crowned Supercars champion for a second time following Race 32 in the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
It was a day of double delight for Shell V-Power Racing, which not only celebrated McLaughlin’s drivers’ title, but also clinched the teams’ championship with Fabian Coulthard and McLaughlin second and fourth respectively.
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McLaughlin was on the money from the moment cars hit the track in Adelaide in March and won his 18th race in Race 25 – the one he always wanted – at Mount Panorama.
While he failed to take a win across the final seven races and three events of the season, few could deny McLaughlin deserved the title he sealed at the penultimate event at Sandown.
Breaking Craig Lowndes’ season wins record of 16, set way back in 1996, also proved a key chapter on McLaughlin’s 2019 CV. See below and swipe across for a timeline of his season…
McLaughlin says it was his historic making triumph in Bathurst that he believes was his standout achievement in 2019.
“I know Bathurst was a standout, but for me, I’ve never been so calm under what was a pretty tense point of the race,” he explained.
“Jamie and I were both saving fuel, I had to stay in the tow, I kept hitting the number. I remember thinking, 25 to 30 [laps] to go, I was worried how calm I was waiting for something to happen.
“I had to do my fuel, and then the Safety Car happened and it was a one-lap shootout. But I felt so calm.
“Everything that had built up over the last three years, what I learnt, with Emma Murray my mind coach, everything happening away from the track, I knew this was the race where everything would come together.
“I was so proud of that.”
For in-depth listening, plus a wrap of the season and all the latest, check out Scott’s podcast he hosts with Richmond FC star Jack Riewoldt, “Balls and Bumpers”.