Barbagallo: Lansvale Racing races two and three notes

Lansvale Racing among the best in the best. June 30, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville has scored two impressive top ten V8 Supercar Championship race finishes in a strong return to form at ...

Lansvale Racing among the best in the best.

June 30, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville has scored two impressive top ten V8 Supercar Championship race finishes in a strong return to form at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway this weekend.

McConville and his Sydney based Lansvale Racing Team recovered brilliantly from their qualifying result of 21st and subsequent 23rd place race result in Saturday's first 42 lap race, to make up a remarkable 18 places to 5th in today's first race. This was the Lansvale Racing Team's second highest race result of the season. This was followed up with a solid performance in 9th in today's second 100 km race, the third event of the round.

Cameron McConville - "We're absolutely delighted considering where we started on the grid today. The race pace of the car was fantastic and to start the final race from 5th gave us a real opportunity to run with the frontrunners. I hope that this is the turn around point in the season for us."

McConville finished 8th overall in the VB 300 with 69 points, he is also 22nd in the Championship standings with 248 points after 6 of 13 rounds.

Wally Storey, Chief Engineer - "I'm very pleased that we have been able to display our potential here, given how close the competition really is. The car seemed quite good on the tyres which is very important here."

The performance displayed today by the Lansvale Racing Team has team owners Trevor Ashby and Steve Reed looking forward to the next V8 Supercar round to be held at their home circuit, Round 7 at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway on July 28.

BRIEF RACE REPORTS

Race 2 / 10:40am - McConville lost two positions from his start from 23rd on the grid, but had made up three positions before making his compulsory pit stop on lap 6. The wisdom of making an early stop would prove critical to the end result, with the first of two safety car periods hampering the competitors who decided to make their stops late into the race.

By lap 15 and with five cars still yet to pit, the team was assured of a top ten or better finish provided McConville finished the race at the fast pace he was setting. Russell Ingall's spectacular mid track spin and Mark Skaife's unlikely retirement added with the battle ahead between Morris and Besnard that assisted McConville to power the Lansvale Racing VX Commodore to 5th, where he remained until the completion of 42 laps - despite constantly attacking 4th placed Tony Longhurst in a Falcon throughout the late stages.

McConville's effort earned Sydney's V8 Supercar team their second highest race result of the season. The race was won by Greg Murphy (Holden), ahead of HRT driver Jason Bright and Falcon driver John Bowe, with Tony Longhurst(Ford) fractionally ahead of McConville.

RACE THREE - 1:00PM - McConville's start was marred by some heavy wheelspin, which saw him lose two positions to 7th into the first lap. On lap 6 the Lansvale driver was up to 6th following a spin by John Bowe and made his compulsory pit stop shortly after. A lengthy stop saw him emerge in 17th position and by the end of his colleagues' pit stops McConville was promoted to 11th on the 12 lap. By lap 16 and after a long Safety Car period, McConville found himself sandwiched between Holden duo Garth Tander and Jason Bargwanna, playing a race long fight for position with Bargwanna all the way to the chequered flag. On the way they passed Paul Morris and McConville set the third fastest lap of the race in his persuit. Corner exit traction proved to be a problem though and McConville held off the hard charging advances of Falcon driver Marcus Ambrose to finish 9th.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Cameron McConville , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , John Bowe , Tony Longhurst