Speculation over his future has forced Volvo driver Scott McLaughlin to reassure his team he’s committed to this year’s Supercars championship.
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Dick Johnson Racing/Team Penske have already submitted a multi-year deal to the New Zealander, who is weighing up whether to walk away from Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) or stay with the outfit which gave him his start in the championship.
McLaughlin’s situation hasn’t been helped with Volvo announcing they are pulling their factory support from GRM at season’s end.
The uncertainty hasn’t affected McLaughlin’s race form, with a second-place finish in Saturday’s 40-lap race at Winton lifting him to the top of the title standings for the first time in his career.
McLaughlin is the first Volvo driver since 1986 to lead the points standings and revealed he had pulled his garage together to dismiss any suggestion he was distracted by the off-track speculation.
“It affects me and it affects the guys as well, they’re wondering where I’m going and whatever,” McLaughlin said.
“I’ve sat down with all of them and just said I’m focused on one thing and that’s winning the championship and trying to do that for the team.
“I’ll worry about myself later on.”