Winning the 2019 season gives him back to back championships after winning his maiden championship last year.
He is the 10th driver to achieve back to back wins in Australian Touring Car/Supercars Championships history.
McLaughlin, is also only the fifth driver to back his maiden championship up with a win the following year. The other drivers in this esteemed list are Bob Jane (1962, 1963), Dick Johnson (1981, 1982), Marcos Ambrose (2003, 2004) and Jamie Whincup (2008, 2009).
The 26-year-old New Zealander had 18 wins from 32 races across the 2019 season, easily ahead of Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup who had 5 wins each.
McLaughlin’s 2019 season got off to a great start winning the first four races of the season in Adelaide and Melbourne. He had six wins in a row in the middle of the season in Perth, Winton, Darwin and Townsville which firmly put him at the top. Throughout the year he also had wins in Tasmania, Phillip Island, Ipswich, The Bend, Auckland and Bathurst.
Alongside Alex Premat, McLaughlin won this year’s Bathurst 1000, his first ever Bathurst win. After a safety car it came right down to the line with Shane van Gisbergen and James Courtney right behind him. There was controversy with the win after his teammate Fabian Coulthard held up the race pack under a safety car.
It wasn’t until Sandown though where he mathematically couldn’t be beaten, and he secured the 2019 championship.
His team Shell V-Power Racing Team - DJR Team Penske won the Teams Championship.
At the Supercars Gala Awards McLaughlin was awarded the driver-voted Drivers’ Driver Award by his peers, as well as the Armor All Pole Position award. He also won the fan-voted Most Popular Driver Award for the third year in a row.