Rough run in Canberra for Lansvale Racing. June 9 2002 - Round 5 of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series was did not live up to the expectations of the Lansvale Racing Team and driver Cameron McConville. The weekend started with ...
Rough run in Canberra for Lansvale Racing.
June 9 2002 - Round 5 of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series was did not live up to the expectations of the Lansvale Racing Team and driver Cameron McConville.
The weekend started with Saturday's first 25 lap race that saw McConville exit the race after 13 laps due to engine failure. Sunday's second 25 lap race saw the 28 year old driver start from 32nd on the grid and fight his way to 21st. Despite this effort, the third race grid positions were decided based on points earned in the round and McConville started the 50 lap main race from 29th on the grid.
One unscheduled pit stop coupled with a very long tyre stop to repair a serious suspension problem (that almost saw the left front wheel fall off in the Canberra pit lane), relegated the team to five laps down and a final result of 25th. These two Canberra race results gave the team just 31 points towards the Championship.
Cameron McConville - " This weekend we suffered from reliability problems. We finished two of the three races, but way down the order because of some mechanical failures. In the third race I actually had good car speed, but being four laps down I really couldn't use it to any great effect. We will have to re-group and bounce back for Barbagallo."
Brief Race Reviews from Sunday's Stegbar Canberra 400 Races.
Canberra's reverse grid format second race saw McConville start from 32nd out of the 34 car starting grid, heading into another of his renowned fight back drives from the rear of the field on the tightest street circuit in the country.
The 25 lap race was one of serious attrition, with numerous accidents taking place on the tight street circuit. The Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore driver managed to avoid several accidents including a major three car collision involving Rodney Forbes, Steven Ellery and Simon Wills.
McConville drove a consistent race to 21st by the end of 25 laps, making up 11 positions and setting a fastest lap time of 1:46.1716s, - a pace that was comparable to the fastest times set in the field.
McConville powered away to a solid start and after the first lap had made up four positions to 25th - helped by a number of early pitstops further ahead in the field. The team called him in for the first scheduled stop, for fuel, on lap 6.
The Lansvale Racing VX Commodore driver returned to the field in 26th position and was up to 22nd by lap 11. At this time he reported a heavy vibration on the front left wheel and the team called him in to check this and to make his compulsory tyre stop. The problem proved to be complex and the team lost two laps for the required repair work.
McConville was once again at the rear of the field and to compound his problems, he still reported heavy vibration from the same wheel. Two laps after he made an unscheduled third stop and this relegated the Lansvale Team to four laps down and 32nd overall.
The ever patient McConville settled into a series of consistent laps to be classified 25th by the end of the 200 kilometre race.