No points at first Canberra street race for LRT. June 8, 2002 - Lansvale Racing V8 Supercar Team driver Cameron McConville takes no points from the first Stegbar Canberra 400 race after retiring from the first 25 lap event with engine failure ...
No points at first Canberra street race for LRT.
June 8, 2002 - Lansvale Racing V8 Supercar Team driver Cameron McConville takes no points from the first Stegbar Canberra 400 race after retiring from the first 25 lap event with engine failure after a mere 13 laps.
The race started with McConville making up two spots from 22nd on the grid and starting a race plan to move through the order after an early compulsory pit stop. This plan was thwarted when on the second lap the Lansvale driver was black-flagged for jumping the start, forcing McConville to complete a pit lane roll-through that relegated him to the rear of the field.
The Lansvale Racing Team crew completed an 11.5 second pit stop on lap 3 and coupled with the penalty, McConville was well behind the mark for a points earning finish. Despite this, he drove a consistently fast race pace from the rear of the field up to 29th, when on lap 13 his engine mysteriously cut out on the final corner.
McConville rolled into the pit lane and needed the crew to push the car back to the pit, where they worked frantically to repair what they suspected to be an electrical fault. Closer inspection revealed a serious bottom end engine problem that forced the team to retire.
This was a bitter disappointment for the 28 year old driver who had been the 13th fastest driver on the Canberra street circuit during the morning warm up - a much more promising performance as a result of the team's complete suspension geometry modifications made to their VX Commodore overnight.
Cameron McConville - "I was penalised for jumping the start- which I found to be very strange starting from 23rd on the grid, this was very harsh. Then after some consistent laps, the engine just stopped as I was coming onto the main straight - I must have run over a Chinaman before coming here, we are not having any luck this weekend. Yet again we will be fighting from the rear of the field in the two longer races tomorrow."
Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team returns to the 3.9km Canberra Street Circuit tomorrow (Sunday) for the 25 lap second race at 11:00am and the third race, a 50 lapper at 2:10pm.