10 Oct 2014

Richards rates McLaughlin for Bathurst

11:43 am on 10 October 2014

The young New Zealand driver Scott McLaughlin is being touted a major contender for the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.

The seven time Bathurst winner and touring car legend Jim Richards rates McLaughlin a big chance to give Volvo victory over the Holdens and Fords .

NZ V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin.

NZ V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin. Photo: Photosport

Richards knows what it takes to rile the Holden and Ford faithful at Mount Panorama.

He did it in 1992, describing them as a "pack of arseholes" for booing when he won a second straight Bathurst crown with Mark Skaife in a Nissan.

He did it again in 1998, behind the wheel of a Volvo for the Swedish manufacturer's first victory in the race.

Richards has been responsible for three of the six winners not built by Holden or Ford in 53 editions of the Great Race.

McLaughlin's had a strong season with Volvo Racing GRM, steering his S60 to two wins and four other top three finishes in the car's debut V8 Supercars season to sit eighth overall on the V8 championship.