Engine fire ends first NZ race for McConville.

November 9, 2002 - Cameron McConville was forced to retire from the forst Boost Mobile V8 International race at Auckland's Pukekohe circuit today, only six laps into the 36 lap race.

The 28 year old Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore driver started the race from 18th on the grid, ahead of the two DJR Falcons of Steven Johnson and Paul Radisich who crashed into eachother on approach to the first corner. This accident brought out the Safety Car that remained in control of the race until lap 6.

One lap after the re-start and as per the team strategy for this race, McConville pitted and after a fast stop the engine began to misfire and struggle to reach the 40kph pit lane speed limit. Within seconds the cabin filled with smoke and the engine cut out completely, forcing McConville to abandon the car in pit lane for the Pukekohe fire crews to attend to.

Cameron McConville - "We had just finished a good stop and when I went to go I had no revs and it struggled to even get the speed up to 40kph. As I was rolling down pit lane, the car filled with smoke and the engine had dropped a cylinder, there was no way I could continue. It was very disappointing as we got off to a good start and we were all set to do battle."

The first of three trans-Tasman V8 Supercar races was a Holden 1,2 won by HRT driver Mark Skaife with local star Greg Murphy second. Ford driver Marcus Ambrose finished 3rd.

Sydney's V8 Supercar Team will return to the track tomorrow for two long 54 lap races scheduled at 1:25pm and 4:35pm (local time).