Garry Rogers Motorsport has moved quickly to retain the services of its hugely impressive rookie driver, Scott McLaughlin, ahead of the team’s rebirth as Volvo Polestar Racing next year.
The 20-year-old will remain with the Melbourne-based team until at least 2016, the outfit has confirmed.
McLaughlin has been incredibly impressive in his maiden full-time season of V8 Supercars competition, taking a non-championship race win during the Australian Grand Prix (pictured) and backing this up with a bona fide win at Pukekohe Raceway.
His performances sparked significant interest from rival outfits, leading to team owner Garry Rogers moving quickly to thrash out a new deal to keep his star driver.
“Garry gave me my opportunity in the main series and I am looking forward to sticking by him and the team, and being a part of Volvo’s growth in V8 Supercars,” McLaughlin, the reigning Dunlop Series champion, said.
The team front Volvo’s works entry into next year’s V8 Supercars Championship season, with the high-profile deal announced last month.
The Kiwi racer currently sits eleventh overall in this year’s Drivers’ Championship standings as the field gets set to contest this weekend’s Coates Hire Ipswich 360.
With McLaughlin confirmed, the team’s next focus will be – one assumed – negotiating a new deal with French import and former DTM racer Alexandre Premat, who has shown a significant improvement in form in his sophomore season of V8 racing.
The outfit could – at the behest of new partner Polestar – also consider taking on one of the Swedish team’s Scandinavian-based racers for next year.
The highly-rated Robert Dahlgren – who fronted Polestar’s experimental season of World Touring Car Championship competition in 2011 – was spotted as a guest of GRM during the recent SkyCity Triple Crown at Darwin, prompting speculation that he could be in the frame for the team’s #34 entry next year.