SHERRIN HIRE RACING AND MCLEAN BACK ON TRACK After one of the most spectacular crashes in Australian motor racing history at Queensland Raceway last weekend, Cameron McLean and the Sherrin Hire Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car are set to be on...
SHERRIN HIRE RACING AND MCLEAN BACK ON TRACK
After one of the most spectacular crashes in Australian motor racing history at Queensland Raceway last weekend, Cameron McLean and the Sherrin Hire Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car are set to be on the grid for the next round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Oran Park in Sydney from August 12 to 14.
In what will be an amazing rebuild job for the Sherrin Hire Racing crew led by team owner Mike Sherrin and team manager Donald Kington, the team will rebuild the severely damaged Porsche starting this weekend and have it ready to race within nine days.
A new body shell arrived at the team's Brisbane headquarters on Wednesday, while another "four foolscap pages" of parts have been ordered to enable the car to be completely rebuilt.
McLean, one of the most experienced drivers in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, has received the all clear to race in two weeks. The 37-year-old ex-V8 Supercar driver from Bunya in Brisbane sustained a cut tongue and bloodshot eyes from the g-forces during impact.
"It is a credit to Porsche, the safety features of the 911 GT3 Cup cars and the HANS device for drivers that I was able to climb straight out of the car and sustain minimal injuries," said McLean.
"Whilst the car was severely damaged, the roll cage did its job as the cabin area remained intact despite repeated impact with the ground.
"Now it is credit to Mike Sherrin and Donald Kington that we are on track to race again in two weeks.
"This is the second big rebuild job we have had this year after the incident at the Grand Prix, and hopefully it will be the last.
"We were finding some good speed and making an impression in the championship standings before the crash at Queensland Raceway, and we are determined to maintain that progress at Oran Park."
The crash and subsequent damage has not dampened team owner Mike Sherrin's enthusiasm and commitment to Porsche racing.
"It will be a massive rebuild project but we are already well on the way," said Sherrin. "All up it will cost approximately $150,000 to have the Porsche back race ready.
"We are getting four foolscap pages of new parts to rebuild the car, and then use what parts we can salvage as spare parts after they have been tested.
"We are planning to run this car next year in the Porsche Driver's Challenge for a young up-and-coming driver as part of a development program, and also two new 997 Cup cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup depending upon availability.
"We have not had the best run of luck this year, but thankfully Cameron was given the all clear after the incident. Cameron is a great driver and we were making real inroads in our debut season in the category, so now we are just looking at reinforcing that."
On Saturday, McLean only took seconds to climb through the roll cage and out of his Porsche after becoming airbourne and rolling the car up to eight times on the second lap of the first race at the Queensland 300. Sitting in fifth position at the time of the racing incident, McLean had contact with another competitor and veered into the kerb lining the outside of the track out of turn three. The Number-28 Sherrin Hire Racing Porsche then jettisoned at least a metre into the air, smashed through sponsor signage, flipped and rolled up to eight times on a 100-metre journey along the in-field grass.
Sherrin Hire Racing is planning to give the car a shakedown next Monday at Queensland Raceway and then the following day at Oran Park before the fifth round of the series gets underway on the Friday.
All cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup are developed and built by Porsche' racing arm in Weissach, Germany. With a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour, the lightweight, high performance vehicles have a 400 horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM, producing a sound that is distinctly Porsche.