Lansvale Racing Team Netspace V8 Supercar Showdown Race Two - Saturday March 2, 2002 Fosters Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne - March 1-3. McConville Sets Fastest Lap and Races From 34th to 14th in Second Grand Prix V8 Supercar Race March 2,...
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Netspace V8 Supercar Showdown Race Two - Saturday March 2, 2002
Fosters Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne - March 1-3.
McConville Sets Fastest Lap and Races From 34th to 14th in Second Grand Prix V8 Supercar Race
March 2, 2002 - Lansvale Racing V8 Supercar Team driver Cameron McConville has set the fastest lap of the second Grand Prix V8 Supercar race after an incredible drive from last (34th) on the grid to 14th at Albert Park this afternoon.
The ten lap race started in damp conditions and was fitted with wet tyres. McConville was relegated to the back of the field after his retirement in Friday's first race, and a quick decision was made by Chief Engineer Wally Storey for McConville to pit on the warm up lap and make the change to slick tyres.
After a couple of wild and slippery opening laps, the drying circuit saw McConville continuously set faster laps, posting a 2:05.765 on the 8th lap, which stood clearly the fastest lap of the race. The Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore driver then attacked the field, passing ten cars by the time the chequered flag appeared to finish 14th, giving him a very competitive starting position for the third Grand Prix V8 Supercar race tomorrow. (Sunday March 3)
McConville's scorching Albert Park pace was closest matched by HRT driver Rick Kelly who posted a 2:08.380 second lap on slick tyres. In general, McConville's pace was some four seconds or more ahead of every other race two competitor.
Cameron McConville - "We discussed changing to slicks before the race and decided that it was best to do it at the end of the warm up lap and start from pit lane. It was going to be a gamble, but in hindsight it definitely worked for us. The trick was to stay on the black stuff for the first five laps as it was very greasy on slicks. The car felt strong today, I felt confident that with another two laps we would have been well and truly inside the top ten."
The race was won by HRT driver Jason Bright, making it two GP wins in a row-with team mate Mark Skaife second and DJR driver Paul Radisich third.
McConville has his sights set on a top ten finish tomorrow at the third and final Grand Prix V8 Supercar support race at 10:35am.