Scott McLaughlin finished 2016 in style, exceeding his own expectations to claim third in the championship with Garry Rogers Motorsport.
McLaughlin was also awarded the Barry Sheene Medal for best and fairest at the Supercars Gala Awards – the second time the likeable Kiwi has taken home this award.
McLaughlin answered Supercars.com’s quick questions on the year as he looks towards a new challenge in 2017 after announcing his move to join DJR Team Penske earlier in the year.
1. What was your best race?
Both the races at Phillip Island
2. Most disappointing race?
Bathurst. Just with the crash at the end with Whincup and crashing out when we had a pretty good opportunity, we were on a good strategy and I felt like we threw a good podium chance away.
3. Best on-track battle?
I really enjoyed the battle at the end of the race with the boys in Sydney. With Shane and garth and James Courtney. Just good hard racing, just to be able to view that and to get my nose in that battle was cool.
4. Best off-track memory or experience?
Probably going to New Zealand and seeing how much support we had over there. It was pretty special to see that.
5. Best performance by another driver?
Shane all year has been very fast and consistent. He didn’t start the fastest out of everyone but he has just been really consistent and got it done and that’s why he is s champion.
6. What was your goal at the start of the season and how did that play out?
My goal was to be in the top five of the championship at least and we got that, we exceeded that making it into the top three.
We didn’t get that close to Red Bull, we got beaten pretty convincingly there, but it was still a good effort all round from us.
7. What was the team’s biggest achievement for the year?
Phillip Island where we came with a really fast car and we knew we had it. We executed everything to perfection. We got pole and won both races and got a lap record.
8. What was the biggest news story of the year?
Holden leaving the Holden Racing Team.
9. Who do you think will improve the most in 2017?
Nick Percat will be a dark horse. He is in a good car and the team is good too.
10. What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
A new challenge, new team, new car and stepping out of my comfort zone. It’s my first different team in four years so it’ll be fun.