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'He's driving smart' - Scott McLaughlin hailed in the quest for Supercars record

With Scott McLaughlin poised to break his long-standing record for most race wins in a Supercars season, Craig Lowndes has hailed the Ford star's 2019 form.

McLaughlin has won 16 races so far this year, equalling the record set by Lowndes in 1996.

A win in either of this weekend's two 200km races at Pukekohe Park in New Zealand will make the DJR Team Penske racer the most successful in a single season in championship history.

Lowndes says McLaughlin's dominance, which has enabled him to open up a whopping 573-point lead in the title standings, is no fluke.

"There's no doubt that every decade or era you have a driver or a team that really click together. Scotty's having that at the moment," Lowndes told AAP.

"It's great to see.

"I think he's driving smart, he's driving clever and he's got a car that can deliver what he needs to do."

McLaughlin's bid to break the record hit a snag in Friday's practice when an ignition issue cost him track time in the day's second and final 30-minute hitout.

The defending series champion could only sit and wait until the issue was resolved before eventually hitting the track, completing seven laps and posting the seventh-quickest lap of the session.

"We didn't get as many laps in as we wanted but it was alright," McLaughlin said.

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The Kiwi ace isn’t getting carried away by his success, closing in on another Supercars title. Source: 1 NEWS

"At least we got back out, the boys were all over it."

It was a rare misstep for McLaughlin but whatever happens this weekend, Lowndes is resigned to his long-standing record falling.

"It's something I didn't really think about when we achieved it back in '96," the three-time champion said.

"I suppose we had less races back then but at the same token to have a dominant year like he's having, it is surprising that it's lasted so long."

The Auckland SuperSprint resumes with a final practice run this morning before qualifying and a 70-lap race in the afternoon.

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Driving for American-owned DJR Team Penske, a move to IndyCar could be on the cards. Source: 1 NEWS


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