The potential of Supercars history on home soil has New Zealand driver Scott McLaughlin extra excited for this weekend’s Auckland Supersprint event.
Having claimed his maiden championship crown last year, the 26-year-old has arrived back on Kiwi shores having won an astonishing 16 of the 22 races so far in 2019.
McLaughlin will have two chances at Pukekohe to claim the outright the record for most race victories in a Supercars season, which he jointly holds with Australian legend Craig Lowndes after two wins at the previous round in South Australia.
The Hamilton-born star, though, said that opportunity is not playing on his mind.
“I guess it’d be cool to do it in New Zealand but we’ve got plenty of races to try and beat it.
“I’d be disappointed if I got to the end of the year and we hadn’t beaten it but we’ve got time to do it.
“If we could do it in New Zealand that’d be an absolute bonus, [it’s] also my 100th round so that’d be pretty cool. But we’ll just keep dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s and see how we go.”
The DJR Team Penske driver’s stunning form has given him a massive 573 point lead with five rounds remaining.
Despite such a significant gap to nearest rival Chas Mostert, McLaughlin said he doesn’t feel uncatchable just yet.
“Anything can happen with the 300-point rounds coming up at the enduro [rounds].