High speed accident ends second Sandown race for LRT.
December 1, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville has ended the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series abruptly after a high speed accident on the 25th of 96 laps.
The 28 year old driver lost control after contacting oil at the high speed esses section of Melbourne's Sandown Raceway, running wide and side impacting a tyre barrier.
The high speed accident ripped off the right front wheel and caused other terminal front suspension damage to the Lansvale Racing VX Commodore.
McConville was uninjured in the accident but was very disappointed for what could have been at Sandown, considering the Melbourne based driver's superb qualifying shootout performance at 7th for race one, coupled with his impressive pace during the early stages of the second race.
Cameron McConville - "I dropped the right rear tyre into the oil at the top of the circuit and the car flicked off in a flash - I couldn't catch the car and it was a heavy impact. This is very frustrating as it was my fault and we all wanted a strong finish to the season. The car was great and my thanks to the crew for their effort."
McConville started the race from 27th on the grid, making up two spots after a powerful start, but falling back after being hit from at least two cars in the run to the first corner. It wasn't long before the Lansvale Racing Team driver powered ahead and by the tenth lap he was up to 23rd.
A number of super-fast race laps equal to the pace of the race leaders saw McConville up to 16th by lap 20, with 76 laps to go. On lap 25 and while racing in 14th position, McConville hit oil at the entry to the Sandown esses and collided into a retaining wall at approximately 200 kph.
Team Co-owner Steve Reed - "We had a very fast motor car today and all weekend. Other reliability issues got in the way and finding an oil patch on the track in race two was cruel luck as Cameron was doing a fantastic job. We have displayed that we have an excellent chassis and once on top of our reliability issues and with Cameron on board, we will be a threat to be reckoned with next season."
Team Co-Owner - Trevor Ashby- "Although we crashed today, we have found significant pace in the final two events of the 2002 season and I am really looking forward to continuing our development next season."