McLeod rapt to be ‘ home- town’ driver

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

GER­ARD McLeod is hop­ing he can count on some local sup­port to get him across the line when he makes his de­but in the Dun­lop Su­per2 Se­ries at this week­end’s Townsville 400.

The for­mer V8 Ute racer will make a one- off start at Reid Park in Matt Chahda’s ex- Stone Broth­ers Rac­ing Ford Fal­con FG which has been plas­tered with spon­sor­ship from Townsville busi­nesses.

McLeod hails from Mel­bourne, but he’s built some strong con­nec­tions in Townsville through his ap­pear­ances in the Ute se­ries and said he al­most felt like a home- town driver these days.

“I’m like the bona fide local driver for the week­end even though I’ve never lived in Townsville,” McLeod said.

“I feel quite priv­i­leged and it’s great to be fly­ing the flag for Townsville. I have a lot of peo­ple come up over the course of the week­end and wish me luck and cheer for the local car.

“It’s such an amaz­ing event. It’s the best- run event I come to and it’s the one that all the driv­ers love com­ing to and they stay up here and have fun.”

McLeod has been a reg­u­lar in the V8 Ute Se­ries and made two starts in the V8 Tour­ing Car Se­ries in 2014, but he has yet to race in ei­ther of Su­per- cars’ top two tiers. The 33year- old has been in­volved in Su­per­cars rac­ing for more than a decade as a me­chanic and he was con­fi­dent he could keep pace at Reid Park this week­end.

“I’ve had lim­ited miles in this car and I haven’t had a huge amount of test time so I’m still learn­ing it, but I’ve done a lot of rac­ing be­fore and I know the Townsville cir­cuit re­ally well,” McLeod said.

“Townsville is one of the most treach­er­ous, but it’s also one of the most en­joy­able cir­cuits I’ve ever raced at. That’s one of the main rea­sons I like com­ing back here.

“I just need to adapt my knowl­edge to the new car and go from there. If we can stay out of the car­nage and get two top- 15 fin­ishes for the week­end then I’d be over the moon for a de­but run.”

The Dun­lop Su­per2 Se­ries will get un­der way with prac­tice to­mor­row be­fore qual­i­fy­ing and two 21 lace raps over Satur­day and Sun­day.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

LOCAL HOPE: Dun­lop Su­per2 Se­ries driver Ger­ard McLeod has the sup­port of a num­ber of local busi­nesses for the Townsville 400.

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