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Sunday 8th November, 2009 - 11:20am

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Paul Cruickshank left the Phillip Island round to be with his family

Paul Cruickshank left the Phillip Island round to be with his family

Paul Cruickshank has left the Phillip Island circuit midway through the V8 Supercar round due to a family illness.

The team owner left the Victorian circuit before yesterday’s qualifying session, headed for his Gold Coast home last night.

Replacing Cruickshank at the helm of his race team was three of Wilson Security Racing’s influencial members – John McMellan (Wilson Security boss), Daniel Deighton (crew chief) and Leigh Geyer (chief engineer).

“Between Daniel, Leigh and myself, we’re looking after the shop,” McMellan told Speedcafe.

“Our debut yesterday was good. We had Fabian (Coulthard) in the top 10, but our second innings hasn’t been quite as good …”

Coulthard has qualified 14th for this afternoon’s race, while team-mate Michael Patrizi will start from 26th.

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