LRT race to 14th after disappointing home race. July 28, 2002 - Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team have been left to reflect on what could have been after a disappointing final result at their home circuit today. Team Driver Cameron McConville had...
LRT race to 14th after disappointing home race.
July 28, 2002 - Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team have been left to reflect on what could have been after a disappointing final result at their home circuit today.
Team Driver Cameron McConville had qualified fifth after remarkable performances in qualifying and the top ten shoot out, starting the first race of the 7th round of the series by passing rivals Craig Lowndes and Jason Bright into the first corner, placing him third. After only 13 laps his race was over, a cracked steering rack the culprit, forcing the 28 year old to start the second race from the rear of the field.
The second race saw McConville take on a task he has unfortunately become too used to this season, fighting back from the rear of the field. The VX Commodore V8 Supercar driver made his way through to 27th by the completion of the first of 58 laps, and from that point gained a position with every lap until his pitstop on lap 7.
A 10.7 second stop saw McConville back out in 27th and by the time the rest of the field completed their compulsory stops, his race continued from 22nd by lap 13. At this point he caught Glenn Seton's Falcon, and the two V8 Supercar aces engaged in a bumper to bumper battle for the rest of the race.
While lapping within two tenths of a second from eachother and with the help of a number of retirements, the pair managed to greet the chequered flag in 13th and 14th.
McConville gained 20 points for this 14th place finish after 150 gruelling kilometres that saw the Lansvale Racing Team driver set lap times as fast as the quickest in the race. This served to further display what might have been had race one been kinder to Sydney's only V8 Supercar Team.
Cameron McConville - "I didn't have enough drive to pass Seton, I could get alongside him but I lost out on corner exit speed to get by. It was a good battle though - the way I like to race, but it was disappointing to be fighting over positions outside the top ten"
"Overall I am very disappointed that we didn't capitalise on a possible top five or podium position here."
McConville is placed 22nd in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series with 268 points with six rounds remaining, two of those being double-points earning events.
RACE ONE REPORT
The first V8 Supercar race to decide Round 7 of the Australian V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park lasted only 13 laps for Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team.
28 year old driver Cameron McConville, who started from 5th on the grid after a superb qualifying performance yesterday, had muscled his Holden VX Commodore past Falcon driver Craig Lowndes and HRT driver Jason Bright to take third position spectacularly by the first corner.
The LRT pit strategy was deployed on lap 4, the team completing the stop in 10.5 seconds and sending McConville out to continue his charge for what was set to be a podium finish of at least third or perhaps even second, given race leader Marcos Ambrose's 26 second pit stop.
McConville's race pace was consistent enough to keep Lowndes and Bright at bay during the early stages of the race. On lap 13 the steering locked as a result of the steering rack cracking at the kink section of the circuit, sending McConville out of control and into the sandtrap at some 220 kph.
The LRT driver was devastated with this premature end to the race. " The car felt fantastic and I was confident of a podium finish. To qualify as well as we did and after our strong start to the race, to have it end with such a rare failure is very hard to take," McConville said.
The team will be start from the rear of the field for the second 58 lap race of the round scheduled at 2:35pm.
Started - 5th
First Corner - 3rd (past Lowndes / Bright)
Scheduled Pitstop - Lap 4
Re-joined in Pos. 25
Up to 18th by lap 9
15th lap 10
14th lap 11
12th lap 12
9th lap 13 - (DNF due to steering rack failure)