Eastern Creek: Lansvale Racing round three report

Lansvale Racing Team Round 3 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series April 27-28 Eastern Creek International Raceway, NSW. McConville races into Eastern Creek top ten from last on the grid. April 28, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team driver ...

Lansvale Racing Team
Round 3 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series
April 27-28 Eastern Creek International Raceway, NSW.

McConville races into Eastern Creek top ten from last on the grid.

April 28, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville fought his way from 31st and last position on today's starting grid to 14th and 10th place finishes after today's two 39 lap V8 Supercar races held at Eastern Creek in Sydney.

In another two fighting drives similar to the 28 year old driver's remarkable effort at Phillip Island a fortnight ago, McConville powered his Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore back into the top ten after retiring from Saturday's first race after just three laps with terminal engine problems.

Sunday's first race saw McConville gain two positions at the start of the race from 32nd and last on the grid. A fast 10.6 second pit stop on lap 3 saw the Lansvale Racing Team driver gain a further two positions. For the next 36 laps, McConville matched the pace of the fastest drivers in the race, working his way up to 14th position by the chequered flag, seven tenths of a second behind HRT driver Jason Bright and ahead of Ford driver Glenn Seton.

Mark Skaife emerged victorious in race two from Marcos Ambrose and Craig Lowndes.

Sunday's second race, held in overcast conditions, saw McConville drop one position to 15th at the start, but from that point on it was full throttle ahead, setting excellent lap times on his way up to 11th, once again aided by an early 12 second pit stop on lap 3. Enjoying the benefits of an improved set up for race two, McConville set consistently fast laps, ending up just as in Phillip Island, chasing DJR Falcon driver Paul Radisich all the way to the chequered flag. (On this occasion though the Lansvale driver was almost eight seconds behind the Ford driver).

McConville gained 10th position as a result of John Faulkner making an unscheduled second pit stop for fuel. The second race was won by HRT driver Mark Skaife, with Ford driver Craig Lowndes second and GRM Holden driver Garth Tander third.

Cameron McConville- "We improved the car between races and I was able to maintain a strong race pace much longer then I could in race one. I am absolutely stoked to make the top ten in two races in a row, particularly as we lost Saturday's race without a solitaty point and started once again from last today.

"The pit stops today were fantastic - the team did a great job and this made my job much easier.

"I think we have proven that our race pace is very good, but we need to lift our qualifying performance substantially."

The Sydney based Lansvale Racing Team is now 19th overall in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship with 116 points - and as a consequence of the team's two consecutive top ten race finishes, McConville will not need to pre-qualify for the next round in Darwin on May 19.

-lrt-

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Faulkner , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Cameron McConville , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Paul Radisich , Glenn Seton , Phillip Island