Canberra: Paragon Motorsport Sunday race summary

McLean moves up V8 Series ladder after solid weekend. Cameron McLean picked up three championship positions and finally found a competitive race pace in his V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon after an action-packed fifth round of the V8 Supercar...

McLean moves up V8 Series ladder after solid weekend.

Cameron McLean picked up three championship positions and finally found a competitive race pace in his V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon after an action-packed fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Canberra today.

A 19th place finish in today's 50-lap third leg of the Stegbar Canberra 400 plus 22nd and 29th places earlier lifted the 34-year-old Brisbane driver from 33rd to 30th in the standings.

"The third race paid double points, so it was important to finish and to finish as well as possible," McLean said.

"It was good to pick up the points but even more importantly the 400 kilometres of racing we did this weekend allowed us finally to achieve the race pace we've been chasing all season.

"We were 10th fastest of 34 cars on track in race two, so we know the Paragon Motorsport team is heading in the right direction with our new Falcon.

"We can progress now with more confidence."

McLean and the Paragon Motorsports team enjoyed their first V8 Supercar pole position in this morning's 25-lap reverse grid event, but the advantage was wiped out suddenly by the appearance of the safety car on lap seven.

Ingall, who started beside McLean on the front row, made his compulsory pit stop on lap two, but the V.I.P. Falcon was forced to stay out for the duration of the safety car period and after its stop rejoined well down the field.

McLean started from 23rd spot in race three and avoided a multitude of incidents involving other competitors to work his way briefly into 14th.

A loose wheel forced an unplanned pit stop on lap 33 and this was followed on the next lap by another safety car.

"The loose wheel and a little off at the chicane put me back, but there were cars falling off everywhere and I was able to get back up to 19th at the flag.

"The Canberra street circuit is very tough work for a driver and hard on the car, even if you do manage to stay out of trouble.

"We would have liked to finish higher, but yet again we have completed all races and scored good points and that's very encouraging for me and the team.

"We also ended the day with a car that's relatively undamaged and with not much time left to prepare for the next round in Perth I know the crew all will appreciate that.

"They all did a great job this weekend and I'm pleased not to be presenting them with any more work than necessary."

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