Barbagallo: Cameron McLean race two and three notes

W.A. Round delivers season's best result for McLean and V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon. V.I.P. Pet Foods driver Cameron McLean celebrated his best result in the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series with ninth and 12th places in round six at Barbagallo...

W.A. Round delivers season's best result for McLean and V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon.

V.I.P. Pet Foods driver Cameron McLean celebrated his best result in the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series with ninth and 12th places in round six at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth today.

The finishes in two 42-lap, 101 kilometre races, plus 21st in leg one yesterday, placed McLean 14th overall for the VB 300 weekend and lifted him a further three positions in the championship pointscore, to 27th.

On the back of improving form for the Paragon Motorsport team's Ford Falcon V8 Supercar, McLean has now progressed six championship places in two rounds.

"It's a great feeling to at last achieve the kind of result we always knew we were capable of. I'm happy for all the team and our sponsors," McLean said.

The day started uncertainly when McLean reported a slipping clutch during the warm-up.

He abandoned the session after just two laps to have the clutch replaced, a job the Paragon crew finished in plenty of time for the 10.40 am start of race two.

In both races today, the team stuck to its plan to make the compulsory pit stop on lap three and was rewarded with both gains and losses.

"We agreed it was absolutely vital to pit early. If the safety car comes out and you haven't pitted, your race is pretty well over, as we found out in Canberra," McLean said.

"It went our way in the first race because the safety car did come out.

"It should have gone our way in the next race also, but we were stuck in the pits when Simon Wills came into the bay immediately in front and blocked us in.

"The boys had to push me out backwards. We lost at least four places when I think we had a definite chance of another top 10.

"The V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon was very good today. We made a few little set-up changes overnight and it just got better each time I went out.

"The crew did a good job to give me such a good car and I was pleased to hand them back one in good shape for round seven. I had a brush with Jason Bargwanna that bent the steering slightly, but that's all there is."

The Paragon Motorsport team now has four weeks to prepare for round seven at Sydney's Oran Park on 27-28 July.

The V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 is on 13-15 September, at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich.

RESULTS - Race 2 (42 laps, 101 km):
1 Greg Murphy (Commodore)
2 Jason Bright (Commodore)
3 John Bowe (Falcon)
4 Tony Longhurst (Falcon)
5 Cameron McConville (Commodore)
9 Cameron McLean (Falcon)

RESULTS - Race 3 (42 laps, 101 km):
1 Jason Bright (Commodore)
2 David Besnard (Falcon)
3 Greg Murphy (Commodore)
4 Brad Jones (Falcon)
5 Todd Kelly (Commodore)
12 Cameron McLean (Falcon)

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 6): 168 points McLean (27th overall); 1493 Skaife, 884 Murphy, 802 T. Kelly.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Cameron McConville , Brad Jones , Jason Bargwanna , John Bowe , Todd Kelly , Simon Wills , Tony Longhurst , Cameron McLean