He has won the first four events of the Australia Supercars Championship in 2019 and Scott McLaughlin says he still has plenty left in the tank.
McLaughlin started from pole and even a sluggish start did not cost him in a start-to-finish win in Saturday’s Race 2 of the Beaurepaires Supercars 400 at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019.
The reigning champion is in ominous form and acknowledged that he eased off in the latter stages of Race 2, the 1000th event in Australian Touring Car Championship/Australia Supercars Championship history.
“We had a nice gap there where I could just bring it home,” McLaughlin told Fox Sports.
“There’s probably a little bit more in it but Chaz (Mostert) is pretty fast, those boys are pretty quick so we’ll see how we go.”
Mostert finished 2.522 seconds behind McLaughlin and appears the only driver who can seriously challenge McLaughlin’s dominance in Melbourne.
Mostert started next to McLaughlin on the front row of the grid but dropped to fourth after a poor start and spent most of the race climbing back up to second.
“Luckily Chaz got a bad one (start) as well so I was able to slot to the inside,” McLaughlin added.
“Overall, yeah, really happy, team did a great job. I felt like I just executed myself really well and hit my marks and controlled the gaps at the end.”
McLaughlin will start from pole in Saturday’s Race 3, too, which begins at 6.30pm and will be contested over 130km.
Mostert stopped McLaughlin’s run of poles in 2019 at five on Friday, though, and will start from pole position in Sunday’s Race 4, which concludes the Supercars action in Melbourne.