‘‘The love and the want to go racing again. We can do as many cartoon (Eseries) races as we want but there’s nothing like going out there for the very first time and revving the engine.
‘‘It’s pretty awesome and I can’t wait for the fans to come back because it’s going to be so much better as well.’’
Tickford’s Lee Holdsworth made it a Ford one-two with an impressive drive after qualifying fourth fastest.
Seven-time champion Jamie Whincup completed a consistent spectator-less round with his third podium finish of the Sydney Supersprint. The Holden legend appears to be McLaughlin’s only legitimate title threat with Kiwi rival Shane van Gisbergen struggling for consistency.
Earlier, Holden dark horse Nick Percat denied McLaughlin a weekend three-peat by winning his first Supercars race since 2016 after eclipsing Whincup in the Holden legend’s 500th career start.
Percat started the first of two Sunday races from sixth but flew past Whincup, who led from pole until lap 23.
It was the 31-year-old Brad Jones Racing driver’s third career victory from his 200th start and first in four years since an Adelaide 500 triumph.
‘‘It’s taken a few more years than I would’ve wanted but, as soon as we’re in a good position, we throw everything at it.’’
Percat joins McLaughlin (three) and Whincup as the season’s only winners, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the championship into shutdown since the Australian F1 Grand Prix was abandoned mid-event.