BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 4 EASTERN CREEK, NSW: Practice Report, Friday, June 5 McLEAN BEATS WORKS AUDI & VOLVO TEAMS Independents Cup leader Cameron McLean set the pace in his Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 320...
BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 4 EASTERN CREEK, NSW: Practice Report, Friday, June 5
McLEAN BEATS WORKS AUDI & VOLVO TEAMS
Independents Cup leader Cameron McLean set the pace in his Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 320 and upstaged the works Audi and Volvo teams in today's opening practice session for the fourth round of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship on Sunday.
McLean, whose car was yesterday fitted with a German-built engine from BMW GmbH, clocked the fastest lap in practice with 1-min 34.08-secs around the 3.9km Sydney circuit in dry and overcast conditions. He finished 0.01-secs clear of 1996 champion Brad Jones of Albury in a works Audi Sports Australia A4 quattro. Jones was followed by five-times Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards with 1-min 34.25-secs in a Volvo Dealer Team S40, and championship leader Cameron McConville with 1-min 35.11-secs in a Audi Sport Australia A4 quattro.
The Super Touring cars are contesting a championship round at Eastern Creek for the first time since 1995, and McLean's practice time was 2.24-secs inside the race lap record of 1-min 36.32-secs set by Queensland's Paul Morris in a works BMW 318 three years ago. New Zealand's Graham Dodd, who is making his championship debut at Eastern Creek, had his first drive in his American-sourced Rite-Tech Honda Accord and finished 11th fastest in practice, despite two spins, with 1-min 40.33-secs. Qualifying will be held tomorrow, with two races on Sunday, the second including a compulsory pit-stop for all cars.
CAMERON McLEAN (Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 320): "My best lap didn't feel that quick so I'm a little surprised to be fastest. Some people are saying I've got a trick factory engine, it's only a re-build of what I've been running all season. I don't know how these rumours start! We've changed a couple of gear ratios and the car feels better
BRAD JONES (Audi Sport Australia A4): "Cameron (McLean) looks good around this track - his car is stable. I did my quickest lap in qualifying trim so you'd have to say the BMW is favourite at this stage. We still need to improve our car."
GRAHAM DODD (Rite-Tec Honda Accord): "I had a couple of spins, but I'm not too concerned because there's so much for me to learn. Today was my first drive in the Honda, my first look at this track, and it's the first time I've tried a sequential gearbox. I'm still settling in, but we'll get there."
DWAYNE BEWLEY (Fastway Couriers Peugeot 405): "I'm happy to be in the top 10 considering we ran on old tyre We'll go quicker with fresh rubber in qualifying and I'm hoping to be up there on the third or fourth rows around Mark Adderton's pace. Our data acquisition programme isn't working so that's a set-back."
PRACTICE TIMES (Friday): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Cameron McLean (Qld) Greenfield Mowers BMW 320 1:34.08 2. Brad Jones (NSW) Audi Sport Australia A4 quattro 1:34.09 3. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Dealer Team S40 1:34.25 4. Cameron McConville (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 quattro 1:35.11 5. Mark Adderton (NSW) Attitude Clothing Honda Accord 1:37.06 6. Ron Searle (NSW) Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry 1:37.83 7. Troy Searle (NSW) Roadchill BMW 318 1:38.61 8. Bob Tweedie (NSW) IBC Vauxhall Cavalier 1:39.23 9. Peter Hills (NSW) Knight Racing Ford Mondeo 1:39.25 10. Dwayne Bewley (NZ) Fastway Couriers Peugeot 405 1:39.47 11. Graham Dodd (NZ) Rite-Tec Honda Accord 1:40.33 12. Justin Matthews (NSW) Faber-Castell Racing BMW 318 1:40.62