Clipsal: Lansvale Racing Team race one report

March 16, 2002 - The first Clipsal 500 race lasted only 16 laps for the Lansvale Racing Team today in Adelaide. Racing started at 2:00pm local time in hot conditions, with 28 year old driver Cameron McConville starting the race from 33rd on...

March 16, 2002 - The first Clipsal 500 race lasted only 16 laps for the Lansvale Racing Team today in Adelaide.

Racing started at 2:00pm local time in hot conditions, with 28 year old driver Cameron McConville starting the race from 33rd on the grid after a disastrous qualifying run yesterday. McConville's luck wasn't much better today when the car developed serious engine problems after making his way up to 27th with 62 laps remaining in the 250 kilometre race.

Cameron McConville - "The race was going well and I was making good progress but after 16 laps the engine developed a harsh vibration and not long after it started to misfire and within moments it cut out completely ending the race. Our race set up was OK and we were making up a lot of ground - I was reasonably confident of continuing our run up the order by the end of the race."

This V8 Supercar season opening race result was a bitter pill to swallow for the Lansvale Racing Team after McConville reported a much better balanced car after the morning warm up, the team having worked most of the night on improvements.

Attention is now focussed towards the second leg of the Clipsal 500 tomorrow at 2:00pm. The team will be fitting a new race engine overnight and will also work on developing a better set up from the data gained today. It will be a hard day at the office for McConville, with the forecast temperature in Adelaide tomorrow being 35C.

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