Motorsport: Kiwi Scott McLaughlin to re-auction 2017 gear for bushfire relief

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin's 2017 race helmet and racesuit are back up for grabs to raise money for bushfire relief. 

The reigning Supercars champion believed he had sold the gear last month, when a week-long auction produced a winning bid of NZ$48,000.

McLaughlin, 26, agreed to match the amount, but unfortunately, the winner withdrew their bid.

So the DJR-Penske star has made the prized items available again, with the auction scheduled over the season-opening Adelaide 500 this weekend. 

McLaughlin's 2017 season was full of highs, but ended in a career-low, when he was pipped for the title by Holden veteran Jamie Whincup.

Just two months earlier, the flying Kiwi and his Ford-powered Falcon set a new lap record around Bathurst's Mount Panorama circuit. 

Scott Mclaughlin celebrates a race win during the 2017 season
Scott Mclaughlin celebrates a race win during the 2017 season Photo credit: Photosport

"It has been absolutely devastating to see the bushfires ravage across Australia this summer," said McLaughlin. "The destruction and loss of life has been horrific.

"I felt compelled to help in some way, so I decided to sell my 2017 helmet to raise money for bushfire relief and recovery, with [team principal Ryan Storey] also kindly donating my racesuit to the auction.

"While the outcome from the original auction was disappointing, I am putting the items up for sale again, with the hope of raising a significant amount of money to aid those impacted by the fires and in desperate need of help."

The online auction is currently live.