Broken gearstick ends LRT Sandown challenge.
November 30, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville was the last running finisher in today's 48 lap Sandown V8 Supercar race, the first of two to decide Round 13 of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, the final round of the 2002 season.
This result was a bitter disappointment for Melbourne based McConville and the Lansvale Racing Team, whose Holden VX Commodore was amongst the fastest throughout qualifying, taking the 7th spot on today's starting grid after a strong shootout performance.
The team elected to pit early after a strong start from McConville that saw him gain one spot to 6th by the end of the first lap. After the making an early pitstop on lap 3, the Lansvale Racing Team driver entered into a four lap battle with Mark Skaife, who started from 15th in his HRT Commodore. McConville's consistent 1 minute 11 second laps made him one of a handful of competitors lapping at that pace during the 150 kilometre race held in overcast and cool conditions.
By the 27th lap McConville was 9th and running strongly when his gearstick snapped, forcing him into the pits for a long stop for its replacement. This dropped McConville to two laps down and last in 31st.
Cameron McConville - "The balance of the car was very good today, our speed was strong and all was looking good for a top ten result. It is a shame to miss out again due to something like a broken gear stick. We now have to focus on tomorrow's long 300 kilometre race, but it is a long way and we'll fight as hard we can from the back."
Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team will be back on the track tomorrow(Sunday December 1) at 2:00pm for the second and final race of the 2002 V8 Supercar Series.