Barbagallo: Cameron McLean Friday report

McLean happy in tight WA V8 field. With practice officially limited to just 10 laps, Brisbane driver Cameron McLean was able to make little progress in preparations today for round six of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo ...

McLean happy in tight WA V8 field.

With practice officially limited to just 10 laps, Brisbane driver Cameron McLean was able to make little progress in preparations today for round six of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway, near Perth.

McLean recorded a best lap time on the 2.4 km circuit of 60.46 seconds in his V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8, less than 1.6 sec. behind the fastest driver, Todd Kelly, but nevertheless back in 30th position in an extremely competitive field for the VB 300 races tomorrow and Sunday.

"It's unbelievably close - you could throw a blanket over this grid," McLean said.

"The track was very slippery on the first day, but I was reasonably happy with the car.

"We're making some small changes tonight because I'd like to have it right - we have a huge day tomorrow with at least four sessions, including a 100 km race in the afternoon."

RESULTS (Practice):
1 Todd Kelly (Commodore) 58.8884 sec.
2 Greg Murphy (Commodore) 58.9126
3 John Bowe (Falcon)59.0244
4 Jason Bright (Commodore) 59.0453
5 Russell Ingall (Commodore) 59.1668
30 McLean (Falcon) 60.4693

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.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after Round 5): 111 points McLean (30th overall); 1384 Skaife, T. Kelly 725, 702 Murphy.

TIMETABLE (WA time): Saturday - 9.15 Practice (20 min.), 11.05 Practice (20 min.), 1.00 Qualifying (top 50%, 25 min.), 1.30 Qualifying (second 50%, 25 min.), 2.30 Top 10 Qualifying (30 min.), 4.00 Race 1 (42 laps / 101 km, tyres). Sunday - 8.45 Warm-up (15 min.), 10.40 Race 2 (42 laps / 101 km, tyres), 1.00 Race 3 (42 laps / 101 km, tyres). TV - Network Ten, Sunday 2.30 - 5.00.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , John Bowe , Todd Kelly , Cameron McLean