V.I.P. TEAMS 15th, 23rd in V.I.P. Queensland 500. V.I.P. Pet Foods Racing teams came home strongly in their sponsor's race today, taking 15th and 23rd places in the V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 for V8 Supercars at Queensland Raceway. The ...
V.I.P. TEAMS 15th, 23rd in V.I.P. Queensland 500.
V.I.P. Pet Foods Racing teams came home strongly in their sponsor's race today, taking 15th and 23rd places in the V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 for V8 Supercars at Queensland Raceway.
The combo of Cameron McLean and Tony Scott finished 15th in the 40# Falcon, while V.I.P. Pet Foods owner Tony Quinn, having his first V8 Supercar race, and co-driver Andrew Miedecke were 23rd in the 76# Holden Commodore.
Both cars were running strongly at the end of the 500 kilometres, although the Commodore had problems with third gear and needed attention to the clutch three times.
The Falcon's speed and reliability showed good form for the next round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, at Bathurst on 11-13 October. (The Commodore will not be competing at Mount Panorama.)
"It ran like a train all day and at the end of the race our lap times were as fast as they were at the beginning," McLean said.
"The boys built a great car and if they give Scotty and me the same again at Bathurst I'll be pretty pleased."
Paragon Motorsport manager Ross Dillon also was happy.
"All things considered it was a satisfactory result. We always want to do better, but the most important thing is the two cars finished and had virtually not a mark on them," Dillon said.
McLean started the Paragon Motorsport-run Falcon from 18th grid position and by lap seven was already in 13th spot.
However, a brief off-track excursion after a brake lock-up into turn three put McLean back to 27th.
The Falcon ran its fuel to the latest possible moment and was among the last to make its first pit stop, coming in on lap 59 while in ninth spot.
Scott rejoined in 21st and climbed to 16th, but a spin on lap 103 while overtaking Holden's Jim Richards set McLean a task for the final stint.
In finishing 15th, McLean and Scott each collected 36 championship points, while Quinn/Miedecke 20 each for their 23rd place.
McLean's season tally now stands at 250.
RESULTS - V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 (161 laps, 500 km) -
15 Cameron McLean/Tony Scott (V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon)
23 Tony Quinn/Andrew Miedecke (V.I.P. Pet Foods Commodore)
1 Simon Wills/David Besnard (Falcon)
2 Russell Ingall/Steve Richards (Commodore)
3 Garth Tander/Jason Bargwanna (Commodore)
4 Jim Richards/Tomas Mezera (Commodore)
5 Marcos Ambrose/Paul Weel (Falcon)
6 Craig Lowndes/Neil Crompton (Falcon)
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after Round 9): 250 points Cameron McLean (29th overall); 1775 Mark Skaife, 1096 Jason Bright, 1058 Greg Murphy, 1029 Marcos Ambrose, 1002 Todd Kelly, 951 Steven Richards.