With the next three Supercars events postponed, the two-time series champion will take the points lead he earned at Adelaide into the next round – at this stage scheduled to be Winton in early June.
McLaughlin’s Shell V-Power Racing Team had been outpaced by the Red Bull Holden Racing Team duo of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen on the opening day at Albert Park before track activities were cancelled.
The #17 Ford qualified fourth and fifth for the weekend’s first two races but was confident of unlocking more pace had the event continued.
“We’d worked late into the night to make improvements to the Mustang. I was so looking forward to what it would have meant on track for qualifying on Friday morning, and the opening race that afternoon,” he wrote.
“We weren’t terrible in qualifying for race three and four of the season… but I was super confident with the changes we had made, we would have improved in qualifying that day, and then been right on the pace in the race.
“We’ll never know now, but I have a feeling they would have been cracking races taking it up to the Red Bulls! Which is maybe why I was extra bummed with how it all played out.”
McLaughlin added his sympathy for fans throughout the situation but backed the decision to put racing on hold in the best interests of the public.
It was nonetheless an eerie experience, he explained: “Last Friday was without a doubt the weirdest time I’ve had at a race track.
“Everyone stood around unsure how to act, or how to feel... Friday afternoon we were supposed to be racing, and I was back at the hotel twiddling my thumbs. What a bizarre day it was. Just weird.”
With a gap to the next Supercars event, the category will in the meantime launch a special Eseries Championship during the coming months, featuring real-life stars of the sport.