Three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin says it “looks really, really good” for a return to the Bathurst 1000 this year.
The 28-year-old, who won the race with Alex Premat in 2019, missed last year’s race after travel restrictions prevented him from returning from the United States, where he now races in the series IndyCar for Penske.
This year’s IndyCar series is set to end in early September, with the Bathurst 1000 scheduled for October 9, a return to its traditional date after COVID-19 forced a move in December last year.
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McLaughlin signaled a comeback with Dick Johnson Racing, the team that helped him win three championships and a Bathurst 1000 win.
“I mean, so far so good,” McLaughlin said.
“It looks like we can go right after my season. The dates line up and everything is going well.
“So while waiting for everything to be open in my schedule in terms of testing, all that kind of stuff, which obviously comes first here, like I’ve said all the time, I’m always going to put [IndyCar first] here.
“But at the end of the day, if I can do it, I will, and I have a chance to do it with DJR. I’ll be there if I can and right now it’s looking really, really good.”
McLauglin’s second IndyCar season begins next weekend at the St. Petersburg Street Circuit in Florida, with the New Zealander aiming to build on a successful 2021, which saw him earn rookie honors from the ‘year.
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“It’s hard to set goals here because it’s so competitive and things can change in an instant,” he said.
“I would love to qualify in the top 10 every race. It would put me in a good position every Sunday, it can definitely help my race strategy.
“I have no doubt my race results will improve if I qualify better, and I know I can do that. I had a lot of poles in Australia. It’s just a matter of what I want of the car.”
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