Paragon Motorsports final practice notes

Last-minute mechanical hitch, but Mclean-Scott ready and eager for Bathurst 1000. BRISBANE drivers Cameron McLean and Tony Scott are ready and eager to race their V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8 in tomorrow's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Mount ...

Last-minute mechanical hitch, but Mclean-Scott ready and eager for Bathurst 1000.

BRISBANE drivers Cameron McLean and Tony Scott are ready and eager to race their V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8 in tomorrow's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Mount Panorama, despite a last-minute mechanical hitch today.

A problem with the power steering pump during this afternoon's final practice session interrupted a faultless run for the Paragon Motorsport team over the past three days.

Although the pump has been replaced and the Falcon is in prime condition for tomorrow's 10 a.m. start, the problem interfered with co-driver Tony Scott's plans to really get up to speed with the car and the circuit. McLanhas done most of the driving so far.

"It was a strange problem, but the steering would suddenly go stiff at the Cutting, the Dipper and Forrest's Elbow," Scott said.

"It was so stiff I had to use all my strength to turn the wheel and I doubt I would have been able to do it for a full race stint without being completely exhausted. Fortunately the crew recognised it as a problem they'd had before and they've changed it.

"I would have liked to use this afternoon's session to develop a bit more confidence and reduce my times. I'm about 1.5 seconds off Cameron's times, but I'm sure I'll get faster during the race."

McLean will take the start for his sixth Bathurst enduro and the team hopes to get through the 161-lap event with just the three compulsory fuel stops and one for brake pads.

The target for each stint between refills and driver changes is around 34 laps.

"We're as ready as we can be. I'm happy with our pace behind the wheel and the car is spot-on.

"Now we'll just have to see what the race and the weather deal out to us tomorrow."

-paragon-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Cameron McLean , Bob Jane