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Sports/Touring Car Racing Topics:  Clipsal 500, Scott McLaughlin, John McIntyre


Stone Brothers Racing
March 11, 2010

Fujitsu Racing’s Scott McLaughlin will have to wait to make his V8 Supercar debut as a result of not having the appropriate Competition Racing Licence for next weekend’s Adelaide, Clipsal 500 series opener. McLaughlin, who enjoyed a successful second test day at Queensland Raceway on Thursday with Stone Brothers Racing, will be replaced for the Clipsal 500 Fujitsu Series opener by two-time New Zealand V8 Champion, John McIntyre.

McIntyre, who also tested the #93 Fujitsu Racing Falcon on Thursday, has driven with SBR the past three years in the endurance events with Stone Brothers Racing.

McLaughlin, while disappointed to have to postpone his foray into V8 Supercars, will still enjoy plenty of track time at the Adelaide, Clipsal 500 event where he will drive a Mini in the opening event of the Australian Mini Challenge. He will also contest the second round of the Mini Challenge at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park before racing in State-based Formula Ford events in order to secure the license required for V8 Supercars. The Mini racing program will see McElrea Racing looking after the car for both events.

The 16-year old will join the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series at Queensland Raceway’s second scheduled round on April 30 and will also complete further testing at the circuit.

“The licensing thing is a bit of a hurdle but with virtually no events available to contest since the end of last year we just couldn’t get the endorsements required for the Clipsal weekend, timing just went against us”, McLaughlin said.

“I’m itching to go racing in V8’s and will still be able to learn two important circuits in the Mini Challenge events and driving at the Grand Prix will be awesome.

“We had a good test with the Fujitsu V8 at QR last week. I really started to feel at home in the car and was surprised at the times I was able to achieve late in the day on good rubber. I’m counting the days until my next test and can’t wait for the end of April to come around.”

Practice for the Mini Challenge gets underway next Thursday with three races making up the four-day event on the streets of Adelaide.

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