Hidden Valley: Lansvale Racing race two, three report

Tough run in Darwin for Lansvale Racing. May 19, 2002 - Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team has endured a weekend of challenges in at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway during the fourth round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship. 28 year old team...

Tough run in Darwin for Lansvale Racing.

May 19, 2002 - Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team has endured a weekend of challenges in at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway during the fourth round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship.

28 year old team driver, Cameron McConville, finished Saturday's race in 23rd place along with the two Sunday races in 19th and 29th places respectively due to two serious mechanical failures. (Race 2 - Clutch / Race 3- Alternator Belt / Battery)

McConville has managed to remain in the V8 Supercar Drivers' Championship top 20 with 148 points (20th) - a mere two points ahead of Holden driver Craig Baird and 16 points ahead of Ford driver Neil Crompton.

Cameron McConville - "It has been a weekend where we have had to battle for every result that we could get. Our race reliability is usually excellent so it was a bad set back considering that our pace was improving in the first and second races. We'll work hard to have the set up right for Canberra where I think we will be stronger. The team did a fantastic job this weekend considering everything that got thrown at them."

The second race of the round on Sunday saw McConville take a strong start from 23rd on the grid to stay ahead of Larry Perkins into turn one. Within moments of the start, the driver reported a severe vibration that he suspected to be a clutch failure and within seconds the Lansvale Racing driver avoided a spectacular five car collision at turn 3 that saw the race red-flagged (stopped).

McConville and the team was faced with the situation in the pits where the clutch plate had shattered with only minutes remaining for the re-start. The decision was made to try and salvage points from the race with McConville to complete the entire 35 lap race without using the clutch at all - a difficult task considering the compulsory pit stop along with the disadvantage of starting from pit lane.

What came next was a typical McConville fightback, but this time in 38C degree heat, with cabin temperatures averaging out at 54C during the race. (Peaking at 68C). He powered the Rexel / Schneider sponsored VX Commodore from last to as high as third before making his pit stop on lap 18. A fast 10.7 second stop - along with a major push from the crew, saw McConville back on track in 24th position. He then battled with Larry Perkins, Tony Longhurst and Anthony Tratt, finding his way to 20th by lap 27. His next target was rival Holden driver Paul Romano, but McConville ran out of laps to take a respectable 19th after a very determined drive.

In Race 3, McConville started well, making up one spot per lap in the first three laps to 17th, but once the pit stop window opened on lap 3, he was promoted to 13th and on lap 4 made it into the top ten, opting to pit on the 5th lap. The Lansvale Racing Team driver re-joined in 28th, making up one position on lap 8 but then all communication between the driver and team came to an abrupt end.

On the 10th lap McConville made a second unsheduled stop due to a broken alternator belt and flat battery, which rendered him without communications and with a severly misfiring engine. The team lost six laps in the pits for the rushed repairs and sent Cameron back on his way to try to earn some points. McConville did just that and finished 29th, completing 29 laps and making him the last classified finisher.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Cameron McConville , Craig Baird , Anthony Tratt , Tony Longhurst , Larry Perkins