Eastern Creek: Paragon Motorsport pre-qualifying results

McLean puts V.I.P. Falcon on V8 Supercar grid. BRISBANE driver Cameron McLean survived one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his racing career to take his V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon successfully through pre-qualifying today for round three...

McLean puts V.I.P. Falcon on V8 Supercar grid.

BRISBANE driver Cameron McLean survived one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his racing career to take his V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon successfully through pre-qualifying today for round three of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway, near Sydney.

After topping a field of 13 cars in official practice, McLean was seventh in the sudden-death pre-qualifying - but only after enduring a tense wait for the 15 minute session to end.

"It was unbelieveably close and everybody had sheep stations riding on the result. I went out and did my best time on new tyres and then just had to sit in the pits and hope nobody went better in the final minutes," McLean said.

In the end, his time of 1 minute 33.574 seconds was just three-thousandths behind the Falcon of Mark Larkham. A further three-hundredths farther back, Paul Romano was one of six drivers - including Wayne Gardner and Paul Morri - who did not make the cut for this weekend's three races.

"That's a huge hurdle out of the way and a great result for our sponsors and the team. We made some changes to the V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon that got us on the pace and I know there's more speed to come this weekend as we get track time," McLean said.

"Now we can get our teeth into the championship."

PRE-QUALIFYING RESULTS:
1. Brad Jones (Falcon) 1:33.02
2. Glenn Seton (Falcon) 1:33.28
3. Neil Crompton (Falcon) 1:33.41
4. Greg Ritter (Falcon) 1:33.51
5. Cameron McConville (Commodore) 1:33.55
6. Mark Larkham (Falcon) 1:33571
7. Cameron McLean (Falcon) 1:33.574

TEAM SPONSORS: In addition to V.I.P. Pet Foods, the Paragon Motorsport Ford Falcon V8 Supercar is sponsored by Cox Lawn Care Products, All Power Steering, Eibach Springs, Freightliner Trucks, PPG Paints, Revolution Racegear, Screen Offset Printing, Snap-on Tools, Spandex, Street Smart Designs and Wurth.

TRACK FACTS:
Length - 3.93 km.
Lap record - 1 min. 31.73 sec. / 154 kmh
(Qualifying - 1:331.39).

TIMETABLE:

Saturday
10.15 Practice (20 min.)
12.05 Practice (20 min.)
2.00 Qualifying Top 50% (25 min.)
2.30 Qualifying Bottom 50% (25 min.)
3.35 Qualifying Top 10 (30 min.)
5.05 Race 1 (13 laps)

Sunday -
10.00 Warm-up (15 min.)
11.15 Race 2 (39 laps, pit stop for 4 tyres)
2.45 Race 2 (39 laps, pit stop for 4 tyres)

TV - Network Ten, Sunday 1.00 - 5.00.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Neil Crompton , Wayne Gardner , Cameron McConville , Brad Jones , Mark Larkham , Glenn Seton , Cameron McLean , Greg Ritter