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Sport McLaughlin would walk away from Supercars happy if Bathurst is last race

13:16  21 october  2020
13:16  21 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Bathurst champion Scott McLaughlin said he had faith in his team that he had enough fuel. Winning Bathurst had been at the top of McLaughlin 's bucket list, but he has aspirations to test It's not known when that will happen, but McLaughlin says he's still not finished with Supercars .

Scott McLaughlin 's maiden Bathurst victory could be ripped from his grasp. Van Gisbergen clearly wasn't happy about the incident. "We certainly did get knocked down a few But McLaughlin held out hard-charging fellow New Zealander van Gisbergen, denying the Holden star his first Bathurst win.

Scott McLaughlin says he'll walk away from Supercars "completely satisfied" if last Sunday's Bathurst 1000 proves to be his final race.

a man wearing a hat: McLaughlin happy if Bathurst last Supercars race © LAT Images McLaughlin happy if Bathurst last Supercars race

The Kiwi's future is subject to significant speculation, with a full-time IndyCar switch widely-tipped to be in the works for 2021.

He's set to make his debut in the US open-wheel series for the Penske squad in St. Petersburg this weekend.

Should that permanent Stateside move happen, last Sunday's Bathurst 1000 will have been his last race as a Supercars driver - at least for the time being.

While the race itself wasn't the perfect send-off, he and co-driver Tim Slade finishing a quiet fifth, McLaughlin would depart as a freshly-crowned three-time series champion.

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McLaughlin told Supercars .com of the moment he found out he and co-driver Alex Premat had officially won Bathurst . “We were on a group call with Asked to compare the feeling of becoming a Bathurst winner to taking a maiden Supercars title in Newcastle last year, McLaughlin pointed to

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He'll also leave with a formidable record that's left him fourth on the all-time wins tally behind Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife, while he also has a Bathurst crown to his name, albeit a controversial one, thanks to his 2019 triumph.

While not ready to confirm whether he'll be back or not, McLaughlin told Fox Sports after the race that if it this it, he'll leave Supercars satisfied with what he's achieved.

"I've done everything I wanted to achieve [in Supercars], regardless of how St. Pete goes," he said.

"Right now I've got to grab this [IndyCar] opportunity with both hands. I've got to go out there and drive the thing as fast I can and acquit myself the best I can.

"I said I wanted to win a Bathurst, a championship and be a consistent front-runner.

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Repco Supercars Pro Eseries. Bathurst 12 Hour. McLaughlin shot to the top in the second half of the hour-long session with a 2:04.2835s lap to close to within four tenths of his own “The second last corner, I dropped a wheel there. That was a moment and a half because I kept my foot into it, I’m an

The last of those was the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, after which the team was penalised for the Fabian Coulthard The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship (formally Australian Touring Car Championship) is the premier motorsport category in Australasia and one of Australia’s biggest sports.

"I really wanted to try and move up that leaderboard with wins and poles, and I'm really proud of all that.

"If it is [the end of my Supercars career], I'm completely satisfied."

a racing car on a road: McLaughlin happy if Bathurst last Supercars race © LAT Images McLaughlin happy if Bathurst last Supercars race

McLaughlin also admitted there are moments during the Bathurst weekend that left him quite emotional, in particularly his Shootout lap on Saturday evening.

"I think the Shootout [was emotional], for sure," he said.

"Two minutes to yourself around this place... regardless of how your car is handling, you just treasure it. It's awesome.

"I think it means so much more this year, because you know how much it's taken for everyone to get to this point.

"There were points during g the year we didn't think Bathurst was going to be on.

"For the race to happen, Shane [van Gisbergen] to get his first Bathurst, Garth [Tander] to get this 400th or something, it's awesome."

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