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Where now for Super2’s flamboyant rockstar?

THERE’S plenty more life in Matt McLean’s budding career, the 2021 Super2 rookie of the year has promised.

Despite boasting an enticing blend of talent on the track and charisma off it, the past 12 months have been a battle for the 26-year-old.

From fifth in his rookie season after which he claimed the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, budget shortfalls forced McLean out of the Townsville and Adelaide rounds last year.

Now he is out of Eggleston Motorsport altogether, the team having announced four other Super2 drivers for 2023: Kai Allen, Cooper Murray, Cameron Crick and Jordyn Sinni.

“I’m still completely committed to doing the 2023 Super2 Series,” McLean told V8 Sleuth.

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“It has been pretty difficult to secure a drive so late in the piece, just due to my very late departure from Eggleston at the end of last year.

“It was a relationship that I did really enjoy and we experienced a lot of success together but unfortunately just due to no immediate finances to secure a contract, I was unable to do so for this season.

“I have been very busy over the Christmas break and this first part of the year working three jobs and running my own business to be able to generate more income to go racing.

“That seems to be going quite well but the only difficulty is there’s no availability left anywhere at the moment.

“I do have a couple of options which I’m assessing which I should know more about in the next week or so, early enough to still be able to go testing, but if not then potentially I might look at doing a shortened campaign of Super2 simultaneous with a full S5000 calendar.”

Matt McLean. Pic: Christian Hartung

McLean took part in an S5000 open test last September at The Bend, running with Versa Motorsport.

The Repco Supercars Championship though is still very much the dream, fuelling his off-track work ethic.

McLean works in the vicinity of 80 hours a week across four jobs.

He is a business development manager at both Galvaniize Insurance and Topps Products Australia, acts as a general manager of sorts for MIR Raceline Australia, and runs his own driver coaching business.

Eggleston, Tickford Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Image/Erebus and the Blanchard Racing Team all appear to have filled their Super2 rosters, although some potential vacancies remain elsewhere.

Brad Jones Racing has shown interest in fielding a second car (alongside Lochie Dalton), as has Matt Chahda Motorsport – the team with which McLean debuted in Super2 at the 2020 Bathurst finale.

A question mark still remains over MW Motorsport, whose Nissan Altimas are no longer eligible in the second tier.

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