Winton: Paragon Motorsports race notes

BRISBANE driver Cameron McLean is looking forward to contesting the V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 on his home track after a strong result in round eight of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Raceway in Victoria today. McLean moved...

BRISBANE driver Cameron McLean is looking forward to contesting the V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 on his home track after a strong result in round eight of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Raceway in Victoria today.

McLean moved ahead one place in the pointscore for the 13-round series after finishing 15th and 19th in the two races in his V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8, although he believes he was denied the chance of a better result in race two after being spun off the track by another driver.

"I was hit square in the tail at turn three on the first lap after the safety car had been called out for an incident involving Craig Lowndes," McLean said.

"As a result, I fell from 15th to 32nd in an instant. Our Paragon Motorsport team manager Ross Dillon immediately went to see the officials and asked that we be put back in front of the guy who put me off, but they said they had no video evidence and couldn't do anything straight away.

"Apart from that, the Falcon went really well on a track that was home to around half our competitors in the championship.

"We managed to pick up 13 places after the off and our best lap time was 14th in a field of 36, proving that the V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon definitely has the pace.

"It will be our turn when the V.I.P. Pet Foods Queensland 500 goes to Queensland Raceway. That's our home track and it would be wonderful to score a good result in front of our local supporters."

McLean and Sydney-based co-driver Peter Doulman plan to test the Falcon at the Ipswich track within the next fortnight.

Doulman, a veteran of 13 Bathurst 1000 events, has never raced a Ford Falcon, although he has tested the V.I.P. car twice.

"I don't think it matters that he's been a Holden man until now. Peter is a very good driver and I know he'll do a good job for us," McLean said.

"I can't wait for the Queensland 500. We'll start preparing the car as soon as it gets back to Brisbane from Winton and from that point until the end of the race four Sundays from now we'll all be giving it our best."

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after Round 8): 214 points Cameron McLean (28th overall); 1775 Mark Skaife, 1096 Jason Bright, 1002 Greg Murphy, 946 Todd Kelly, 941 Marcos Ambrose.

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 Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Cameron McLean , Peter Doulman