McLaughlin set for first DJR Penske FG X laps

Tom Howard

Tuesday 31st January, 2017 - 4:00am

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Scott McLaughlin appears set to log his first laps behind the wheel of a DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon during a private ride session at Queensland Raceway today.

The 23-year-old has spent the off-season becoming acquainted with the Queensland-based outfit following his much publicised move from Garry Rogers Motorsport.

While short of a fully fledged test, the day should provide the Kiwi with a brief taste of what to expect from the FG X Falcon as he transitions to the American/Australian alliance.

McLaughlin has piloted a Volvo S60 for the last three years after steering a Holden VF Commodore during his first full season in the category in 2013.

The last time he piloted a Ford was when he drove a FG Falcon to the 2012 Dunlop Series title for Stone Brothers Racing/Matt Stone Racing.

Speedcafe.com understands the team is working to organise a full blown test for the Kiwi before the official test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 21.

McLaughlin revealed earlier this month that he is still yet to learn his engineering set up for the new season.

Confirmation of DJR Team Penske’s enduro co-driver line-up was made earlier with Frenchman Alex Premat securing the drive alongside McLaughlin.

The team will unveil its Shell-backed Falcons officially at a launch scheduled at Melbourne Docklands on February 7.

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