McLean's 'generous' Super2 hot lap auction

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 11/06/2021
  • By James Pavey

A lucky fan will enjoy a hot lap in the passenger seat of rising Dunlop Super2 Series driver Matthew McLean's Eggleston Motorsport entry.

Super2 rookie McLean recently co-hosted an event in front of 225 paid guests for an evening at the races at the Pakenham Race Club in support of the OBrien Foundation Charity Race Night.

Organised by OBrien Real Estate Pakenham, the night consisted of a raffle with over $7000 in prizes, auction items which saw over $45,000 worth of items sold.

The night was headlined by McLean and Aussie Rules legend Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico making an appearance to help host the event.

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Over $35,000 for local charities was raised, with the money to go towards feeding the homeless and local charities in the Shire of Cardinia.

"Matt showcased his Supercar and spoke from on stage to the guests about his journey in motorsport, and allowed many guests to have a photo with both him and his car which was a real hit,” Rod Capuano, Director, OBrien Real Estate Pakenham, said.

"We auctioned off a hot lap in the passenger seat of Matt's Supercar which sold for $2300, all of which goes towards the Foundation. We thank Matt very much for his generous offering with this.

"This event was the biggest the race club has held and has raised more than any previous attempt. We sincerely thank all who participated and assisted with the event and Matt for being the star of the show.”

McLean, who made a splash in Bathurst at his maiden Super2 event, left the season opener fifth in the standings.

The weekend was a whirlwind; he lost a wheel in practice, before he shadowed the top five runners to claim Let’s Go Motorhomes Rookie of the Round honours.

It all came with McLean driving the car like he stole it, rather than burying his head in data.

At a test day prior to the postponed Winton event, a renewed focus has McLean confident of cracking the podium.

“What I did in karts was basically hopped in and drove the thing,” McLean told Supercars.com.

“Everyone around me always did a lot of data, which is something I never really focused on.

“I thought that if I prided myself as a true driver, then it shouldn’t be too difficult.

“Now in cars, I understand how beneficial it is and how much gain I can get.”

On the test day, McLean banded with Eggleston recruit and veteran Jack Perkins, who will fill in for the ill Bradley Neill.

There, McLean worked with Perkins to sharpen his skillset, and discovered a new direction with his racecraft.

“I hit a wall on one of the test days; I felt I wasn’t really going anywhere. We were going alright, but I was just circulating,” McLean explained.

“Then we went through some data, and I picked up so much.

“When I overlaid my new tyre runs with Jack’s, corner speed was something we really wanted to work on.

“There was a part of the track where I was absolutely puking compared the Jack.

“Seeing that on the data, and being able to fix that on the next run, was really rewarding.”

The Super2 field will return to the track next month at the NTI Townsville 500. Tickets are on sale now.

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