Fresh from being crowned as the youngest ever winner of the Dunlop V8 Supercars Championship, Scott McLaughlin has today been confirmed as one of Fujitsu Racing GRM's drivers for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.


After an incredible week that saw McLaughlin win the New Zealand V8 SuperTourers Championship, before clinching up the Dunlop Series win at Sydney Olympic Park last Sunday, the Gold Coast based teenager also made his solo V8 Supercars debut when he subbed for the unwell Alex Premat in Sunday's final championship race.


The last-minute call to replace Frenchman Premat saw McLaughlin drafted in for his maiden V8 Supercar race, with the Dunlop Series champ coming home in 17th place after a sensible display.


GRM team owner Garry Rogers was impressed with McLaughlin's weekend performance and delighted the young charger has chosen to join his squad on a multi-year deal. 


"We've been keeping an eye on Scott for some time and his on-track approach has been very impressive.  He's a level-headed young man who has shown great race craft and I was very impressed with his endurance racing this year, while his Dunlop Series championship speaks for itself.


I think Scott will gel well with our boys and his experience driving the prototype Car of The Future last year will also be advantageous going forward." 


McLaughlin too is ecstatic about his future, having set himself the goal of a full-time championship seat for 2013.  The New Zealand born 19-year-old will complete the final year of his trade apprenticeship while at GRM and sees that as a great way to accelerate his learning of the Dandenong (Victoria) based operation.


"This is what I have been working towards since moving up from karts in 2010 and the championship in my third year was always my focus, so to be picked up by Garry and his team and to be able to continue my relationship with Fujitsu is just fantastic.  I started with SBR working in the race shop and it was a great insight into understanding the cars.  To complete my fabrication apprenticeship within a race team will be really valuable.


"Garry is a no BS type operator and the whole GRM environment will see me well prepared going into the 2013 season.  I've had the most amazing year this year so this just caps it off perfectly and can't wait to get started with the team just as soon as I can."