KIWI’S FIRST WINNING GRM SUPERCAR HEADS OVERSEAS

McLaughlin on his way to becoming the youngest race winner in ATCC/V8 championship history at Pukekohe in 2013. This car raced in Australia, New Zealand and the United States and will add the United Kingdom to its list of racing destinations soon! Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley.

THE Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore VF V8 Supercar that Scott McLaughlin took to his first wins in the championship in 2013 has been sold to an overseas buyer.

The car has been purchased by Englishman Alex Sidwell and is set to join the four other ex-V8 Supercars he owns under the Holden Racing U.K. banner.

He owns Commodores originally built by the Holden Racing Team, Tasman Motorsport, PWR Racing and a Car of the Future-spec Brad Jones Racing Commodore VF.

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Sidwell’s new acquisition was one of two brand new Car of the Future chassis built by GRM for the 2013 season and was driven by McLaughlin throughout his rookie year in the ‘main game’.

Scott McLaughlin’s first-ever V8 Supercar win came in the non-championship event at Albert Park in 2013. He didn’t have to wait too long before he scored a championship race win! Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley.

He drove that particular chassis – GRM VF14 – to victory in the Sunday race at the non-championship Albert Park event before claiming his first championship race win on home soil at Pukekohe, in the process becoming the youngest driver to win a race in the history of the Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercars Championship.

McLaughlin also posted another race win that season at Queensland Raceway and shared it with Jack Perkins in the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast endurance events.

It lived on in the Dunlop Super2 Series in the hands of James Golding (with GRM in 2016) and was driven by Perkins for Dragon Motorsport (prepared and run by Image Racing) in 2017 and Jordan Boys in 2018.

Sidwell says the car will be used as an alternate with his first Car of the Future-spec Commodore, purchased in 2018 from Brad Jones Racing.

“The BJR car will be our primary car for racing in 2021 with the GRM car used also in alternate race championships,” Sidwell told v8sleuth.com.au this week.

“The GRM VF is due to arrive in England at the end of September. It’s a plain white car at the moment, but we intend to restore it and use the Fujitsu 2013 livery while competing with our sponsors placed tastefully within it.”

Sidwell has the biggest collection of ex-V8 Supercars in the United Kingdom. The GRM Commodore will become the fifth Holden in his Holden Racing U.K. squad.

Scott McLaughlin spoke about this car, and a range of other V8 Supercars he’s driven over the course of his career, in our recent V8 Sleuth Podcast Powered by Timken.

Listen to both parts of the chat with V8 Sleuth’s Aaron Noonan here.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.