GRM's Scott McLaughlin is adamant he and his Volvo squad can mount a challenge for victory at this weekend's season opening V8 Supercars round at Adelaide's Clipsal 500.

This time last year - on Volvo's return to Australian touring car racing - McLaughlin made the headlines after beating six-time V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup to second place in race two following an epic final lap duel between the pair.

The 21-year old Kiwi then went on to collect five victories, along with ten pole positions, before finishing an eye-catching fifth in the overall standings.

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Fresh from a promising first season with Volvo Polestar Racing, McLaughlin believes the knowledge obtained from 2014 will make the Gary Rogers Motorsport run Volvo S60 an even bigger threat to the pecking order for 2015.

"I am going for the win, the Volvo is really good around a street circuit like Adelaide," said McLaughlin.

"We had an awesome race last year at Clipsal. Obviously the car has been developed a lot further since then and I am looking forward to use that knowledge this year."

McLaughlin - who will partner up with Volvo's newly signed David Wall - also cited the importance of 'hitting the ground running' in what is a highly competitive V8 Supercars field.

"For us it is very important that we hit the ground running and get a good bag of points this weekend. This is the start of our second year and I am very much looking forward to it."