Surfers Paradise: Paragon Motorsport race notes

McLean finishes strong 14TH in wet Indy race.  Cameron McLean completed Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with an outstanding run from last to 14th place for Paragon Motorsport in yesterday's second leg on a wet Surfers Paradise...

McLean finishes strong 14TH in wet Indy race.

 Cameron McLean completed Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with an outstanding run from last to 14th place for Paragon Motorsport in yesterday's second leg on a wet Surfers Paradise street circuit.

 After starting 19th on the grid - a result of finishing in that position in Saturday's first race - McLean found himself last on the track on lap one when the V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon was spun by the Falcon of Steve Ellery.

 He took the compulsory pit stop for tyres as early as possible, on lap four, and then started a charge through the 30-car field.

  Despite the slippery conditions, McLean was 10th by lap 15 and heading for a great finish until an engine misfire slowed the Falcon in the closing laps.

 "Although it's a championship round and major exposure for our sponsors, racing on the Indy circuit especially in the wet is a risky business," McLean said.

 "In the circumstances, we were glad to be able to maintain Paragon Motorsport's excellent record of finishing races and, on this occasion, with an undamaged car - especially as it has to go on the boat to New Zealand on Wednesday morning.

 "Through a great team effort, our performance improved all weekend. We were 28th in practice and 29th in qualifying after trying some suspension set-ups that took us backwards.

 "From then on it was all good and the Falcon was going like a train yesterday. I am very happy with the way we're going at this stage in the series - eighth at Bathurst with Tony Scott and then a probable 10th yesterday until the engine went off.

 "I'm looking forward to racing in New Zealand in a fortnight."

 McLean is now 26th in the championship standings, after starting the Indy weekend in 28th spot.

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