Scott McLaughlin Wins Supercars Series, Bakes Sick Donuts
Scott McLaughlin has won the 2018 Supercars championship after finishing second to David Reynolds in the second race at the Newcastle 500 on Sunday afternoon.
And to celebrate, he pulled some totally sick donuts right on the Newcastle sign. Oh, yeah. Quality.
McLaughlin led for most of the day until he was headed late by David Reynolds.
McLaughlin, 25, just needed to stay out of trouble to secure his first overall series win.
"I thought 'if he's smart he'll let me go' and he did," Reynolds said.
McLaughlin was smart enough, all right. And he was super emotional afterwards, after coming so close last year and just being pipped in that famous finish to the 2017 season.
"Oh my god, we worked so hard. We raced hard all year, it was a hell of a battle but oh man," a visibly relieved McLaughlin said.
"The last 30 laps was the longest 30 laps of my life."
McLaughlin then did his utmost not to swear while all cameras and microphones were trained upon him. He said some rather amusing things like "holy smokes" and "holy guacamole" when you could tell he really wanted to say "holy sh*t"!
After letting Reynolds pass him with a couple of laps to go, it was his second major act of restraint on this day.
But that's what being a great motor sport athlete is all about -- knowing when to go full throttle and knowing when to pull back.
"It feels like 81 again," an emotional Shell V-Power Racing Team owner Dick Johnson said, in reference to the year he won his first championship.
Team principal Ryan Story was even more fired up.
"The man is a matador," he said of his star driver.
"We couldn't be prouder."
This is a popular win for the Kiwi.
"It couldn't go to a better driver," race winner Dave Reynolds said.
In the overall championship race, McLaughlin eventually finished 71 points clear of his nearest rival Shane van Gisbergen -- who went to bed last night thinking he was only two points behind in the standings.
But stewards penalised van Gisbergen for a refuelling infringement -- giving McLaughlin a huge 53 point lead coming into today.
McLaughlin showed that whether his lead was two points or 53, he deserved the title. He had a great year, won the most races, and was the best driver. End of story. See you next year.
For a full recap of how the race panned out, you can relive our live blog below.