Pukekohe pole and podium for McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin secured a pole position and a podium finish for Wilson Security Racing GRM (Volvo Polestar Racing) at his home event in New Zealand.

”To claim pole in New Zealand is amazing and something that I’ll never forget. We have come a long way since the start of the year with the Volvo and we are moving up the ranks in terms of speed and reliability,” said McLaughlin.

The Kiwi claimed ninth in the first race and a strong third place in the second race. The third and final race saw McLaughlin again fighting for the podium spots, but ultimately dropping spots during the pit stops finish sixth.

”We rolled the dice in the final race and unfortunately it didn’t quite come off with the right thing. If we didn’t have the safety car in the start we probably would have looked really well. But we have nothing to worry about in the championship, we are just going to go hard. We wanted a win but unfortunately that just wasn’t the case. The best thing from this weekend is that we’ve got car speed,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate David Wall had a weekend of ups and downs, with 18th position in the first race as his best result.

”We didn’t qualify where we needed to qualify and made the life hard for ourselves. The race pace was as good if not little bit better pace as the guys we were racing. We had a good start in the final race and then really put our heads down. We did a long run after the safety car which helped at the end. A pretty straight forward day,” said Wall.

McLaughlin has climbed to tenth position in the championship with just two race weekends remaining of the 2015 season. Next up is the Phillip Island SuperSprint on November 22nd.

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