Supercars Championship leader Scott McLaughlin dedicated his latest win to the people of New Zealand after Friday’s horrific shootings in Christchurch.
The world was rocked by news that at least 49 people were killed and a further 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of the country’s “darkest days” and after winning Race 1 of the Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400, Kiwi McLaughlin was quick to send his “love to you guys”.
“One-two for the team and performance was fantastic – car was great,” he told Fox Sports.
“But this goes out to New Zealand. Tough times over there and you know, everyone, Christchurch, my home town.
“They’re all suffering so all love to you guys.”
Friday’s Race 1 did not pan out as well for fellow New Zealander Shane Van Gisbergen who, when sitting fourth, suffered a mechanical failure having completed 22 of a possible 25 laps.
But he said the incident was “insignificant” compared to what was going on back home.
“Pretty insignificant – it’s a sad day,” Van Gisbergen said on Fox Sports.
“Compared to what happened in New Zealand … I’ve been thinking about that all day.
“Got a lot of friends down there and thoughts go out to all the families and stuff. It’s pretty average.”
McLaughlin has now won all three races of the 2019 Supercars season and will start from pole position in both races on Saturday.