Lansvale Racing Team
V8 Supercar Ultimate - Sandown Raceway, December 1 / 2 2001.

Cameron Mcconville Escapes Injury After Shocking Sandown First Corner Crash

December 1, 2001 - 27 year old Victorian V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville was fortunate to escape injury after a horrific first corner crash at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway this afternoon.

The first of three races to decide the final round of the Shell Championship Series this weekend, the dramatic accident took place moments after the green light started the race at 3:40pm.

According to McConville, who has been a regular top ten competitor driving a VX Commodore for Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team this season, the accident was the result of a concertina effect after several competitors were fighting for the limited space available into the hard braking first turn.

"I deliberately stayed far out wide going into the first turn to avoid this very thing - and look at what happened....All I felt was a huge hit on the left hand side and then I was upside down and rolling into the sandtrap. It seems to me that Rodney Forbes and Paul Romano hit each other, then Romano hit Larkham who then slammed into me as I was turning - it was a big concertina effect. The car was sliding on the roof for a while and then into two fast barrel rolls. It was a wild ride but I'm OK except for a bad headache." McConville said.

Unbelievably, the Lansvale Racing Team is of the belief that the car can be repaired and back on the track tomorrow - no doubt using all of the panel repair expertise of team co-owners and Lansvale Smash Repairs proprietors Trevor Ashby and Steve Reed.

"The team believes that we can have the car ready for tomorrow as we have gained the use of a local panel shop thanks to Phil Munday, so the team will be having an all nighter to get the Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore back on the track tomorrow. Knowing how well they work, I'm sure that we will be back," McConville added.

V8 Supercar Ultimate action continues at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway tomorrow with the second race scheduled at 11:00am tomorrow (Sunday), and the third race to start at 3:00pm.

This was the second major roll-over for the hard charging McConville this season, the first at Victoria's Winton Raceway earlier in the season while competing with the Lansvale Racing Team's older VT Commodore.

The 27 year old has gained three top ten finishes in the 2001 Shell Championship Series along with two Top Ten Shootout appearances, taking the Sydney V8 Supercar team to an unprecedented level of competitiveness in Australia's toughest motor racing category.

-lrt