McLaugh­lin spins his loss

The Observer - - SPORT | DIGEST -

MO­TOR­SPORT: Scott McLaugh­lin says he hasn’t stewed on last year’s ag­o­nis­ing end to the Su­per­cars sea­son af­ter los­ing the cham­pi­onship in the fi­nal race.

Rather than feel sorry for him­self about let­ting a maiden cham­pi­onship slip, the Shell V-Power Rac­ing driver be­came en­gaged in New York to Amer­i­can part­ner Karly Paone and has put a pos­i­tive spin on the pain of the New­cas­tle 500.

“To come down to the wire and be apart of that amaz­ing fin­ish is quite spe­cial,” McLaugh­lin (pic­tured) said.

“Even though peo­ple go ‘Is it hard to swal­low?’, it’s very cool and a proud mo­ment for me to even be in that po­si­tion.”

The ri­valry be­tween McLaugh­lin and the leg­endary Jamie Whin­cup, who snatched a record sev­enth cham­pi­onship dur­ing the New­cas­tle 500, will be front and cen­tre dur­ing the new Su­per­cars sea­son.

The Holden su­per­star looked to have blown his op­por­tu­nity of win­ning an­other ti­tle when he crashed on the first lap of race one.

But McLaugh­lin was hit with three penal­ties in the Sun­day race, leav­ing Whin­cup to clinch the cham­pi­onship in a re­mark­able cli­max.

The Su­per­cars sea­son starts on March 1 with the Ade­laide 500.


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