Scott McLaughlin will miss Bathurst – Alex Davison steps in

Dick Johnson Racing has confirmed that outgoing Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin will not be able to take part in the Bathurst 1000 race this year, with reserve driver Alex Davison taking his co-drive seat instead.

“It is disappointing to not be able to travel home and take part in the biggest race on the Australian motorsport calendar,” said McLaughlin.

“It’s something I was looking forward to, but with the prolonged quarantine requirements and Australian COVID-19 restrictions, the timing just hasn’t worked out. I was also looking forward to seeing the team, the Supercars supporters, and my family and friends – who I haven’t seen in over 18 months – and putting on a great show at Mount Panorama.

“Hopefully we can see what 2022 brings. I know Alex will do a great job in my place. I’ll certainly be watching from the US and wish the team the best of luck for the season finale.”

Alex Davison will take the co-driver role alongside brother Will Davison who is currently placed fifth overall.

“We knew from the beginning of the season that Scott’s availability to race with us this year would rest on a number of factors, including the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic along with the IndyCar schedule,” said team chairman Ryan Story.

“Unfortunately, the timing just hasn’t aligned how we’d hoped. Alex is a quality driver who has a history with this team, and of course pairing him with his brother makes them a terrific combination for this year’s Great Race.

“He has been spending a lot of time with us here at the workshop, getting to know the cars and the team and learning how we operate.”