Fan performs haka after Scott McLaughlin Bathhurst lap record

Vids 08/10/2017

The record lap is being considered the new "Lap of the Gods".

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin fought back tears, after breaking his own Mount Panorama lap record to claim pole position for Sunday's Bathurst 1000

McLaughlin left the Bathurst faithful in shock and himself in tears of joy, when he clocked two minutes 03.83 seconds - the fastest Supercars lap ever seen on the infamous Mount Panorama street circuit.             

He became the first to crack the 2min 04sec barrier on the mountain, after shattering the record mark he had set barely 24 hours earlier in Friday's practice.

Before his historic lap, the Kiwi was greeted by a New Zealand fan who made the trip across the Tasman for the 161-lap race.

The man performed a haka for the 24-year-old, who acknowledged the gesture by shaking his hand afterwards.

It's part of our culture in New Zealand and I'll happily watch that any day," McLaughlin said of the haka.

"I'm just buzzing - it's something I'll never forget. Yeah, it's pretty special, very special."

The record lap is being considered the new "Lap of the Gods".  

McLaughlin's hero, fellow Kiwi Greg Murphy, earned the tag back in 2003, with a record-breaking qualifying effort that stunned the Bathurst faithful.   

Murphy may be a four-time King of the Mountain, but he will always be remembered for that lap.

Supercars faithful still revere that milestone, even though it was  eventually eclipsed by six-time Bathurst champ Craig Lowndes in 2010 on a resurfaced Mount Panorama.

McLaughlin may have done his best to ensure that becomes a distant memory after his scorching qualifying effort, but he still looked back on Murphy's 2003 heroics fondly.           

"That was the main thing that went through my mind, when I saw the time [Murphy's Lap of the Gods]," McLaughlin said.               

"That day, back then, was a pretty special one, not only as a fan, but for New Zealand as a country.        

"It was a day I will never forget - this is another."             

McLaughlin will have a maiden Bathurst title in his sights, when the 161-lap Great Race starts at 1.10pm (NZ time) on Sunday.