Life's a blur at 240kmh

BIG Rigs caught up with V8 supercar driver Scott McLaughlin at the Ispwich 300 on Sunday and was lucky enough to be offered a hotlap.

I nervously lined up with about 50 other people listenting to the roar of V8s and enjoying the smell of racing fuel.

Once in the car my nerves disappeared as Scott shook my hand.

The ride of my life lasted about three minutes and we got up to about 240kmh.

Read the full story in the next edition of Big Rigs out on August 17.


Scott McLaughlin, 19, is currently leading the Dunlop V8 Supercar series (also known as the Fujitsu series) in his Falcon FG,car number 93, and finished second and third in two races on Sunday at Willowbank.

His parents couldn't be more proud.

Mum, Diane told Big Rigs Scott was destined to drive V8s.

"I knew ever since he was five," she said.

Back then Scott got into karting and if he wasn't in the driver's seat was watching Bathurst re-runs, Mrs McLaughlin said.

"It was hard to get him out of bed for school, but never hard getting him out of bed for racing."

Originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, Mrs McLaughlin said the family moved to Australia so Scott could go further with his racing career.

"Wayne (Scott's dad) said if Scott ever wanted to go anywhere with his racing we had to move to Australia."

Then in 2010 he made his debut in the V8 supercar series after impressing Stone Brothers Racing with his karting.

He competed for NZ in the Rotax World Karting Champtionships in Italy.


To learn more about Scott McLaughlin see his website.

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