McConville qualifies 23rd in Canberra.
June 7, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville has qualified 23rd on the streets in Canberra for first of the weekend's three V8 Supercar races being held in the nation's capital.
This result was a bitter pill to swallow for the experienced V8 Supercar driver, who has made the top fifteen shootout at this event in the past two out of three events held at this 3.9 km temporary street circuit.
The 25 minute qualifying session was very competitive on the concrete walled circuit, the control Dunlop tyres on the Lansvale Racing VX Commodore requiring a minimum of two laps to generate sufficient tyre heat to launch a fast lap. After an aborted fast lap early in the session, McConville pitted for a new set of tyres and was shortly afterwards given a roll-through penalty for a yellow line infringement. This saw him in the pits again, by this time completely ruining the momentum of the session.
Another stop and set of new tyres saw McConville's run for a quick lap foiled by a red flag stoppage caused by Steven Ellery's impact with a tyrewall. The session was re-started with a fraction over three minutes remaining. Despite the heavy traffic and the need to re-generate heat into the tyres, McConville set his fastest time of the day, a 1.3 second improvement to 1:45.3069s.
Cameron McConville - "We have struggled all day and the car was much better during the qualifying session, but aside from some mistakes I made early, I never really got the chance to capitalise on these significant handling improvements. While I am disappointed, I know that we had the pace to qualify better and it could certainly be worse - there are 11 cars behind us."
Provisional pole position went to HRT driver Jason Bright with SBR Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose and HRT's Mark Skaife making up the top three.
McConville's fastest lap was 5/10ths of a second behind the 15th fastest time set by Falcon driver John Bowe. The Lansvale Racing Team driver qualified ahead of Tony Longhurst, Brad Jones and Anthony Tratt.
The Lansvale Racing Team returns to the Canberra street circuit tomorrow (Saturday) for the event's preliminary 25 lap race at 2:55pm, with the next two races scheduled on Sunday at 11:00am (reverse grid race) with a 50 lapper at 2:10pm.