17 Jun 2019
2019 Superloop Adelaide 500 winner Scott McLaughlin showed us in the very first round what we could expect from this year's Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
After dominating the first weekend of the season in Adelaide, and winning his first Superloop Adelaide 500, McLaughlin has gone on to dominate the Championship and his position on top of the ladder.
This past weekend at the Darwin Triple Crown, McLaughlin secured top spot over David Reynolds, as well as becoming the first driver to win the Triple Crown; winning both races, and Sunday's Top 10 Shootout.
"To do something that no one else has done is amazing, and I couldn’t have done it without all the awesome guys and girls in my team.", said McLaughlin.
"I’m living my dream right now, I love doing what I do and I’ll never get tired of winning. What a feeling.”
McLaughlin's lead in the Championship has barely wavered throughout the year, with only Tickford Racing's Chaz Mostert (Race 5, Melbourne 400), Red Bull Holden Racing's Shane van Gisbergen (Race 8, Tasmania Supersprint), and his teammate Fabian Coulthard (Race 10, Phillip Island Supersprint and Race 11, Perth SuperNight) managing to pip him to the post on a few occasions.
His performance has drawn praise from throughout the Supercars community, with some comparing him to Jamie Whincup, as another driver who dominates the field.
While McLaughlin is one of six drivers to be in the drivers seat of a new Ford Mustang Supercar this year, many agree that McLaughlin's skill as a driver is what sets him apart.
Jamie Whincup, of rivals Red Bull Holden Racing, this weekend cited some performance issues with the Holden Commodore in the Darwin Triple Crown.
"The real battle is done at the workshop. We need to bring a faster car to the track. That's motorsport, it's been the same since it started, so we just need to make the cars faster, which we'll continue to try to do", he said.
All signs point to Scott McLaughlin continuing to top the Championship ladder heading into the second half of the season, but with Fabian Coulthard, David Reynolds, Chaz Mostert, Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup not too far behind, McLaughlin will need to keep a firm grip on his wins to avoid being overtaken.
As we hit the halfway mark of the season, we're already thinking about 2020. The dates for the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500 have been officially announced, and you can secure your seats NOW.
Current 500 Club Members can renew their seats before June 30 to book their 2020 seats at 2019 prices, as well as receive a bunch of other awesome Member benefits.
For those interest in joining, they can register here to join the 500 Club for 2020 and start planning.
The 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500 will take place 20-23 February 2020 at the Adelaide Street Circuit.