Wilson Security GRM has lifted the covers on its 2016 Volvo S60s ahead of Monday’s first test of the year for the team at Winton Motor Raceway.
Scott McLaughlin and teammate James Moffat revealed the new look to fans at the team’s Dandenong workshop this morning as part of the festivities at GRM’s annual open day.
Since debuting full-time in the category in 2013, McLaughlin has quickly shot to stardom in Supercars and is looking forward to a solid season with Wilson Security GRM.
He is pleased with the tweak to the Volvo livery for this year.
“The cars look great, something a bit different for everyone – I think they’ll like that,” McLaughlin told v8supercars.com.au.
“It’s a bit different to what we’ve had, the colours have been changed around a bit.
“It’s definitely got that Volvo blue on it, but there are a few other things they’ve added to it that are pretty cool and change it up a bit.”
Monday’s test day can’t come soon enough for the young Kiwi, keen to get back in the driver’s seat.
“I just can’t wait to get back in the car,” he said
“I’ve done the 12 Hour now and had a good result there … I haven’t driven the V8 since Homebush so it’s going to be one of those things – same as everyone else, I’ve got to get my head around it again.
“I’m sure it’ll all come together pretty quickly but it’s good to have a fresh start, new livery, new suit – everything’s new, so it’s pretty cool.
“Obviously with ‘Moff’ as my teammate I’ll be able to see how he attacks corners – it’ll probably be one of the busiest test days for me for a long time, so it’s definitely going to be a really good thing for us.”
Team boss Garry Rogers – who was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame last year – is enthused about the year ahead and is proud to have expanded to running four cars with his V8 Supercars Dunlop Series entrants James Golding and Richard Muscat.
He admits it took him time to warm to the white and blue combination on this year’s livery, but now he is a big fan.
“To be totally honest I wasn’t sold on the idea, but I must admit that the end product – with my own special touch on the numbers – has made me reconsider my earlier reservations,” Rogers said.
“Car liveries are very difficult as you are often damned if you do and damned if you don’t make changes.
“I believe that our Volvo over the past two seasons has looked great and has been easily identifiable, but I also understand that both the fans and the sponsors like to see and often expect a new look every season. I hope that there are more ‘likers’ than ‘dislikers’ – I’ll leave that to you all!”
Rogers thanked his team for their efforts in the lead up to the open day and Monday’s test.
His message to the fans: “I look forward to sharing season 2016 with you all and, as always, come along and say hello when you are at the races.”