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Scott McLaughlin hits back at 'toxic' Supercars environment

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Scott McLaughlin has hit out at "toxic" rivals after claiming back-to-back Supercars titles with a ninth place finish at Sandown on Sunday.

McLaughlin wrapped up the series with a race still to go, but has been left with a sour taste in his mouth following a series of controversies and punishments.

Most of the talk centers around his DJR Team Penske's actions over Bathurst weekend in October.

The team was hit with a whopping $250,000 fine and docked 300 points after Fabian Coulthard slowed the rest of the field down, allowing McLaughlin to gain a huge advantage and claim his debut win on Mt Panorama.

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On the weekend, DJRT Penske was hit with another fine of $30,000 after it was discovered that McLaughlin's engine had breached regulations during qualifying.

McLaughlin is able to keep his Bathurst title, but was relegated to the back of the starting grid at Sandown.

His ninth place finish was enough to wrap up the title for a second year running, and he didn't hold back when talking about the drama of the last month.

"I'll just go with my friends away from this toxic paddock," he said.

"I've turned a hobby into a profession and really enjoy it but there's certain individuals that it's pretty obvious that they don't agree with what we do as a team."

The comments came after Red Bull Holden Racing Team boss Roland Dane savaged the punishment handed down to Team Penske.

Dane called the sanctions "lightweight" and said McLaughlin's Bathurst victory had been tainted.

"You can't get away from the fact that Bathurst win is tainted forever and now the pole position has disappeared," Dane told News Corp.

"It's not good and it's not the way the biggest race of the year in Australia should be run."

11. marraskuuta 2019 6:50:00 Categories: Manchester Evening News Sporting News

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