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to the bank of data assembled during 2014. The S60
behaved nothing like the Commodore VF the team
raced in 2013, which makes McLaughlin’s results all
the more commendable.
“That is going to be a big confidence booster for me,
going to tracks where I have been fast this year and
I can start where we finished and develop what we
thought we learned,” says McLaughlin.
“On our debrief sheets for each round we have, ‘In
hindsight what would you do?’ and ‘What would you
do next year?’ and basically I am just looking forward
to trying what we have said in those debrief notes.”
Just as the rest of the operation has been put under
the microscope, so McLaughlin himself hasn’t escaped
the ‘go faster’ scrutiny. And Hollway believes Wall’s
arrival will help Scotty do just that.
“The key there is having someone to push him and
what he is probably missing at the moment is getting
knocked off every now and again,” says Hollway.
“That’s an important part of it. The classic case is the
Craig Lowndes/Mark Skaife scenario (at HRT) and that
is free time. The team benefits from the two blokes
racing each other, there is no doubt about that.
“So hopefully we get more of that this season with
Wall’s arrival... but clearly the foundations are very
“Scotty’s ability and his composure and all that other
stuff is bloody good. But there are bits and pieces we
need to work on.”
McLaughlin acknowledges the truth of that as he
finishes breakfast and prepares to depart. Today it’s
for Queensland but in 2015 he wants his destination
to be the top rung of the V8 Supercars championship
“I still have a lot more to improve,” he admits.
“Overall I need to just get a little more confidence in
myself knowing that I can go toe to toe with these guys
and I can make a move when I need to. It all comes
1. VOLVO POLESTAR RACING
The factory team has the
young charger and technical
package to mount a champi-
onship challenge in its second
2. TEKNO AUTOSPORTS
The Triple Eight customer
team has some updated parts
and driver Shane van Gisber-
gen is getting the consistency
needed for a title.
3. HRT/WALKINSHAW RACING
Triple Eight’s factory Holden
rival has been building
towards a 2015 championship
charge under Adrian Burgess,
so it must strike this year.
4. PRODRIVE RACING
The former Ford Performance
Racing team has beaten
Triple Eight at Bathurst over
the last two years but slipped
in the championship.
5. NISSAN MOTORSPORT
The Altimas have a reworked
aerodynamic package head-
ing into their third season
and will be looking for wins
and more consistent top-10
6. BRAD JONES RACING
The Albury battlers have won
races on a consistent basis
over the last few seasons but
have been unable to mount a
true championship challenge.
7. DJR TEAM PENSKE
Team Penske and Marcos
Ambrose provide a big boost
to Dick Johnson Racing, but
2015 will be a learning year
for the team and even more
so for Ambrose.
8. EREBUS MOTORSPORT
The customer AMG Mercedes-
Benz team enters its third
season with its E63 V8
Supercars and will continue
to battle away in the intense
9. LUCAS DUMBRELL
With Triple Eight technical
support and lead driver Nick
Percat, this Holden team will
climb up the grid but a win
could be beyond it.
PITLANE POSITION ▲
Get everything else right for 2015 and even then the game
remains just slightly, frustratingly, beyond Volvo Polestar Rac-
ing’s complete control. Pitlane position is a crucial advantage
it will cede to Triple Eight in 2015.
Triple Eight won its fourth straight teams’ championship in
2014, allowing it to continue to claim prime position at pitlane
exit, while Volvo Polestar Racing remains buried in the middle
of the lane.
That leaves it open to the sort of points-robbing delays
that afflicted Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat at the
Sandown 500, where stacking in pitlane held up the entry.
“It’s tough,” says Richard Hollway. “If you are up at the
pointy end of pitlane then you don’t have to consider that.
Whereas if you are further down it is a factor and that why you
fight hard to get a good spot in the pitlane.”
As Volvo Polestar Racing prepares for its 2015 V8 Supercars
assault, its long-term future in the series has been called into
Despite the Gen2 Supercar regulations from 2017 allowing
the make to race its smaller capacity powerplants, head office
in Sweden has questioned the worth of motorsport to selling
“Motorsport does not conform with our brand, where we
stand for smaller engines and safety,” said Alain Visser, the
marketing director of Volvo Cars.
Volvo Car Australia’s deal with Garry Rogers Motorsport
runs until the end of 2016, though the impact racing in V8
Supercars has undoubtedly been positive with more than 50
per cent extra sales of the S60 since its racing debut.
As former Volvo Australia boss Matt Braid acknowledged:
“Since literally the weekend of the Clipsal 500, our enquiry
rates have mostly doubled since our pre-racing days.
“We track that weekly and, if you take out school holidays,
there is a spike in enquiry the week after every race meeting we
have been at this year.
“It is tracking that directly, which we didn’t anticipate. We
knew it would help, but to have that direct correlation of ‘race
on Sunday, sell on Monday’, that surprised us.”
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