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Supercars champ labels paddock 'toxic'

Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin will save his celebrations until he's away from a paddock he's labelled "toxic".

McLaughlin's garage was almost funereal after Sunday's Sandown 500, despite the DJR Team Penske star's ninth-placed finish securing back-to-back titles.

The excitement of his achievement had been dampened by a pre-race penalty imposed on him and his team for an engine regulations breach at last month's Bathurst 1000.

McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat were sent to the back of the grid for the breach which also resulted in the New Zealander's pole position and lap record at Mount Panorama being wiped.