MCLAUGHLINS TITLE-WINNING CAR TO RACE IN 2019

The ex-Stone Brothers Racing Falcon will be run by Matt Stone Racing…

STORY: WILL DALE
PHOTO: AN1 IMAGES (DIRK KLYNSMITH)

THE car that Scott McLaughlin piloted to the 2012 Dunlop Super2 Series title is set to return to the racetrack in next year’s Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series.

Matt Stone Racing will prepare the car for Touring Car Masters stalwart Jason Gomersall, joining two other Stone Brothers Racing-built Ford FG Falcons under the team’s stewardship.

“We are delighted to now have three Ford Falcon SBR FG chassis under our care, with SBR FG01 to join SBR FG02 [SP Tools] and SBR FG04 [Irwin Tools] cars in the stable,” team principal Matt Stone said.

McLaughlin raced chassis FG01 throughout the 2012 Dunlop V8 Supercars Series, later to be renamed Super2, taking four wins on his way to sealing a title hotly contested against fellow future Supercars race winners Scott Pye, Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat.

A Pro-Am title winner in TCM, Gomersall will continue to race his Holden Torana A9X, but is excited to make the step into a Supercar.

“I love my MSR prepared TCM Torana and will continue to do limited TCM rounds in it, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge of mastering a Supercar after turning some laps in the team’s Super2 car at a recent Queensland Raceway test day,” Gomersall said.

“I know it’s going to have a fresh SBR engine, which is exciting … I’m yet to decide if we run a legacy livery like the other two cars.

“Our main aim is to turn out a well-prepared race car, which I know will be the case under Matt’s stewardship of the project.”

One of the car’s creators and Supercars Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Stone will also be on hand to help the team prepare the Falcon for the 2019 season.

The confirmation comes amid a busy week of movements surrounding McLaughlin’s former race cars.

His Super2 title-winner will be joined in next year’s V8 Touring Car Series by the car in which he made his main game debut at the 2012 Sandown 500, click here for the full story.

McLaughlin’s first Supercars race-winning chassis has also been put on the market. Further details on the sale of the ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore, including the asking price, are listed here in the V8 Sleuth Showroom powered by Authentic Collectables.