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McLaughlin patient about record tilt

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 6 days ago Clay Wilson

Scott McLaughlin © Getty Images Scott McLaughlin 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].

"We've got to be consistent but I guess I'm in a position now that I can attack probably a little bit more than you normally can when you're leading the championship.

IPSWICH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Scott McLaughlin driver of the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang celebrates after winning race 20 for the Ipswich SuperSprint on July 28, 2019 in Ipswich, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images) © Getty Images IPSWICH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Scott McLaughlin driver of the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang celebrates after winning race 20 for the Ipswich SuperSprint on July 28, 2019 in Ipswich, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images) "I've got a buffer there and I want to try and use it and potentially help extend. But there's a reason we've got to that position and that's

doing what we have been doing and executing the way we have.

"If we can keep doing that, hopefully we just keep extending."

McLaughlin also hoped to replicate his Sunday effort at last year's Pukekohe round of the championship.

He finished behind fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen on Saturday in 2018, before reversing that result in race two.

McLaughlin said that win still stands as the number one victory of his career.

"It's just something that I'll never forget.

"We had to really bounce back.

There was a lot of fun and games the day before. So to bounce back and win that and really sort of stick it up everyone, it was really cool."

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Scott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang takes the chequered flag to win race 2 for The Bend Supersprint, part of the 2019 Supercars Championship on August 23, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.) Scott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang takes the chequered flag to win race 2 for The Bend Supersprint, part of the 2019 Supercars Championship on August 23, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
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