Mahindra Rise Star wins V8 Championship


Mahindra supported V8 Supercar ace Scott McLaughlin is the 2012 Dunlop Series champion.

19-year old McLaughlin claimed the title in the final round of the Dunlop Series at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, New South Wales on December 2. By doing so, McLaughlin became the youngest ever champion in the 13-year history of the V8 Supercar Development Series.

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McLaughlin’s Dunlop Series triumph is the fulfillment of a three-year career program in the V8 Supercar Development Series and the highlight of an outstanding year for the Gold Coast-based New Zealander. In 18 races this year, McLaughlin drove his Fujitsu Racing Falcon to five race wins, two round wins and finished fourth or higher fifteen times. McLaughlin also completed every lap of every race and on the same lap as the winner.

Remarkably, McLaughlin’s victory in the Dunlop Series was his second championship success in just seven days after he also won the inaugural NZ V8 SuperTourers Championship, where he has competed concurrently with his Dunlop Series campaign driving a Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore.

McLaughlin and his team dominated much of New Zealand’s highest profile series with six wins and three second placings from the last 10 races. McLaughlin also made his V8 Supercar Championship debut this year driving for Tekno Autosports in the famous Sandown and Bathurst endurance events where he finished sixth and 10th respectively. McLaughlin was also the highest placed ‘rookie’ driver in both events and the first rookie to top a practice or qualifying session at the Bathurst 1000 in 11 years.

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McLaughlin capped off a fantastic year by also replacing the unwell Alexandre Premat behind the wheel of the Fujitsu Racing/GRM Commodore in the Sydney Telstra 500. After being asked to drive the car while still soaked in champagne from his championship podium celebration, McLaughlin acquitted himself exceptionally well at short notice and finished the gruelling, 74-lap street race in 17th place.

“What an incredible year. I can’t believe I’ve won two championships - it’s an amazing feeling. To have won the Dunlop Series means so much because it is the realisation of what I have been trying to achieve since I made the big step from karting to V8 Supercars when I was just 16. This success is for everyone who has helped me realise that dream - especially Ross and Jim Stone and my team who have been with me all the way, Mum and Dad, my sister Sam, my manager Chris Jewell from Velocity Management Group and of course my great sponsors.

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“I am very grateful of the support Mahindra has given me this year. I have been proud to introduce the brand into Australian motorsport this season so to reward Mahindra’s commitment by winning the Dunlop Series and also the NZ V8 SuperTourer Series is a real honour. I am so excited for what the future will bring and I hope this is the first of many successes together!”

In addition to winning both the New Zealand and Australian championships, Scott is now the youngest pole position holder, race and round winner, plus the champion in both categories and is set for a bright future in one of the world’s most competitive motorsport series.  

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Who is Mahindra?

The Mahindra Group employs 144,000 people in over 100 countries and has an annual turnover of US$15.4 billion.  Between April 2011 and March 2012, (Mahindra’s Fiscal Year), M&M sold 235,452 tractors worldwide, an increase of over 10 per cent compared to the previous year.  Mahindra is the Worlds No 1. Tractor company in the world by volume. 

The Group rates in the Forbes Global 2000 top company list and Dun & Bradstreet listed the Mahindra Group as the leading automotive company in India’s top 500 companies. It’s also currently the only automobile manufacturer in the top 10 in India’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. 

Mahindra Group is made up of companies involved in automotive, aerospace, agricultural, defence, energy, industrial, logistics, consulting, real estate and steel industries. The Group also has a controlling interest in SsangYong Motor Company in Korea.

Mahindra Ag and Auto Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited based in Brisbane. The company has dealer network of over 70 dealers across AG and Auto segments in Australia and New Zealand.

Tractor owners are not the only people touting the quality of Mahindra products. In 2007, M&M’s Farm Equipment Sector became the only tractor manufacturing company in the world to receive the coveted Japan Quality Medal for excellence in Total Quality Management, awarded by the Deming Prize Committee care of the Union of Japanese Scientists.  For the past 27 years, Mahindra & Mahindra has maintained its leadership position in India and is now world’s largest tractor company by volume.