Motorsport 2022: Scott McLaughlin says Supercars series ‘full of backstabbing’ in epic spray

Scott McLaughlin has slammed his former Supercars rivals as backstabbers in a shock spray at the sport that made him a star.

Scott McLaughlin has slammed his former Supercars rivals as backstabbers in a shock spray at the sport that made him a star.

Taking aim at the series that paved the way for him to move to the US and become an Indy Car driver, the former V8 champion slammed the likes of Shane van Gisbergen and Chaz Mostert by claiming his former sport was full of “crap” and “bullshit”.

McLaughlin also ruled out returning to race the Bathurst 1000 while he is pursuing his Indy car career in a move that will spare him a pit-lane showdown with the former rivals he accused of being backstabbers.

“I come from a series (Supercars) that was full of backstabbing,” McLaughlin said in a US interview.

“I just love how pure [IndyCar] is.

“You can have a blow-up on the racetrack, but I feel like you can all have a beer together after.

“We just all have a ball because it is so pure, there’s no B.S., there’s no crap, and if you’ve got drama you say it to each other’s face.”

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Shane van Gisbergen (left) and Scott McLaughlin were big Supercars rivals.
Shane van Gisbergen (left) and Scott McLaughlin were big Supercars rivals.

McLaughlin, who will contest this weekend’s Indianapolis 500, explained why he withdrew from last year’s Bathurst 1000 after being granted a wildcard to return for a one-off crack at Mount Panorama glory.

“I think it was a decision that didn’t come lightly,” McLaughlin said.

“It was just something that I needed to put my best foot forward here. For me I have done what I needed to achieve in Australia. I love that race and for sure I would have love to have been back there if the time was right but what I have had to unlearn and put in the Indy Car basket to help me in IndyCar, it has taken me so long to get rid of it.”

In a statement that may explain why he so boldly took aim at his former sport by claiming it was full of backstabbing, McLaughlin all but ruled out a return to Supercars.

“I want to make sure I am 100 per cent in the game over here,” McLaughlin said.

“There is where I want to build my future and hopefully, I will retire here. It is a lot and I ended up making sure I am 100 per cent here. I am all in here.

“I am not going to say never but right now in this part of my career in America the best thing for me is to focus on what I am doing here.”

Scott McLaughlin won the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg last February.
Scott McLaughlin won the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg last February.
McLaughlin in action at the St Petersburg Indy Car Grand Prix Race.
McLaughlin in action at the St Petersburg Indy Car Grand Prix Race.

McLaughlin’s dream of winning the Indy 500 was dealt a blow last week when he qualified back in 26th place.

“I am going to experience a proper Indy 500,” McLaughlin said.

“It is going to be one of the biggest crowds they have ever had. I am really excited for that and what is ahead.”

McLaughlin won three Supercars titles in a row before moving to the US to race for American giant Penske Racing in 2021.

Originally published as Motorsport 2022: Scott McLaughlin says Supercars series ‘full of backstabbing’ in epic spray

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