The most wanted man of the 2016 silly season, Scott McLaughlin enters his first year with DJR Team Penske on the back of a career best third place championship finish with Garry Rogers Motorsport.
The driver with the most jandal finished on a high with his former team – Rogers gave him his first start as a full-time main game driver back in 2013, after switching to the Car of the Future.
Stepping up as Dunlop Series champion, McLaughlin’s first drive came earlier than expected – after accepting the development series trophy at Sydney Olympic Park in 2012, he jumped behind the wheel for Rogers at the final Supercars race when regular driver Alex Premat was sidelined with heatstroke.
He didn’t waste any time stamping his mark on the category as a full-timer, qualifying in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout at the season opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and winning his first championship race on home soil in New Zealand at the third round.
He finished 10th in his rookie season, earning the Mike Kable Young Gun Award.
But it was Adelaide 2014 that really raised his stocks, racing GRM’s new Volvo S60 Supercar with great results – and a memorable post-race interview.
He won five races, took 10 podiums and claimed 10 pole positions ending the year fifth in the Championship Standings and being awarded the coveted Barry Sheene Medal.
2015 wasn't as successful, with mechanical issues plaguing the Volvo and making it a challenging year for McLaughlin, who finished eighth in the championship and was unable to record a win.
Last year he bounced back with a dominant performance at Phillip Island and saw the year out professionally with GRM despite the early announcement of his shift to DJR Team Penske.