SCOTT McLaughlin is a petrol tank half-full not half-empty type of guy.
The Supercars championship leader claims he is not feeling the pressure of the chasing pack heading into this weekend's Sydney SuperSprint, starting with practice on Friday.
Leading the championship by 126 points and chasing his first drivers' title, McLaughlin has everything to lose at Sydney Motorsport Park. Not that you'd know it.
"Really this situation is exciting for me," the Ford young gun said.
"And I am counting my lucky stars. I am in a great team and I am in a great position. And I have a great teammate pushing me too. I can't be anything other then excited by the rest of the year. You can either feel the pressure or the excitement."
Hot on the 24-year-old's heels is a pack made up of some of the most talented drivers in Supercars history.
Jamie Whincup won his first race of the season last month and the man in second place in the race for the title will be desperate at Eastern Creek to step up his chase for a sixth crown. Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen and Chaz Mostert are also within striking distance.
"I am not experienced as some," McLaughlin said.
"But I have to learn how to win and how to stay in front sooner or later if I want to win a title. I respect someone like Whincup highly but at this stage I look at their attention as a blessing."
With six race wins this year, and a staggering 11 poles, McLaughlin is not about to change the approach that has taken him to the top.
"I am in a really good head space at the moment," McLaughlin said.
"I am feeling fresh and rocking up to every race track knowing it is going to be a good day. I just have to try and take every race as it comes. I know I have to keep up the level of the performance and hold on to the momentum. And if we keep on qualifying the way we have then it makes the job a lot easier. I am getting better as a race driver and learning how to push harder."
With Shell V-Power Racing backed by US billionaire Roger Penske and Aussie racing legend Dick Johnson, McLaughlin knows he will be given the car to do the job.
"We have gone to enough tracks now to know that we are going to be there or thereabouts no matter what the track," McLaughlin said.
"Now it is about execution and that probably comes down to me. That is where I put the pressure on myself to do my job for not only myself but also for the team.
"Hopefully we can continue what we have being doing this weekend and push forward with a good result."
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