Eastern Creek: Paragon Motorsport round three report

McLean eager for Darwin after strong run. Brisbane driver Cameron McLean is confidently facing the long trip to round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Darwin after a strong performance with the V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8 at...

McLean eager for Darwin after strong run.

Brisbane driver Cameron McLean is confidently facing the long trip to round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Darwin after a strong performance with the V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8 at Eastern Creek, near Sydney, this weekend.

McLean wrapped up round three with 22nd place in the 150-kilometre third leg this afternoon and said afterwards he was very happy with the improved performance of his car.

"In race three, the car was the most consistent it has been since the start of the season and we now have a direction to follow when it comes to set-up.

"I'm looking forward to Darwin and we'll be going whatever the system is with pre-qualifying," McLean said.

The Paragon Motorsport driver was one of only seven who passed through pre-qualifying on Friday and he went on to set the 21st fastest time in the main qualifying session yesterday.

Until now, this would have put him among the 25 fastest qualifiers guaranteed a start for the following round, but for Darwin the rules change to the top 25 championship pointscorers and he will be back in the pre-qualifying ranks.

After finishing 27th in yesterday's first leg, McLean narrowly missed scoring points in race two this morning when the team was caught by a quirk of the regulations.

The V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon had been running as high as ninth before its compulsory pit stop, but it was forced into the pits when a stone thrown up by another car holed the power steering cooler.

The problem was overcome and the Falcon was running at the end, but McLean was able to complete only 29 of the 39 scheduled laps - cruelly, just a quarter of a lap short of the 75 percent race distance required to be classified as a finisher and to earn points.

He started race three off the back row of the grid and put in a great drive, battling - and beating - fellow Ford drivers Mark Larkham and Steven Johnson on the way to 22nd spot.

"Of course the team would have liked to finish higher, but it was a positive weekend in that we got through two practice sessions, two qualifiers and three races, got plenty of track time and improved all the way," McLean said.

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.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Mark Larkham , Cameron McLean