Surfers Paradise: GRM weekend report

McConville one step from the podium on streets of the Gold Coast For the second round in a row, Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Cameron McConville has come tantalisingly close to a podium result in a round of the V8 Supercar Championship ...

McConville one step from the podium on streets of the Gold Coast

For the second round in a row, Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Cameron McConville has come tantalisingly close to a podium result in a round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The Victorian finished fourth in today's 11th round of the series, the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast. It follows on from his fourth-place in the Bathurst 1000 two weeks ago.

Overall it was a strong showing by the GRM Commodore driver. Once again McConville made the Top 10 Shootout and was ninth fastest before finishing a strong fifth in the first race.

Further proof of the on-going development and improvement for the team was the fact he recorded the fastest lap of the race in among fast opposition.

In Sunday's first race McConville was seventh, which later became sixth when fourth-placed Russell Ingall was demoted to 10th place post-race.

Some slight adjustments to the #33 Holden didn't quite have the desired results in that race, though McConville was back charging in the final race, chasing former team-mate Garth Tander to take fifth spot and fourth for the round.

"It's nice to show that the pace we had up at Bathurst was no fluke," said McConville.

"The car was good all weekend and we've carried out momentum through. The car was stronger in the last race and I could get right up on the back of Garth but it's so hard to pass on such a tight track.

"Today proves that you just need to qualify well and you give yourself a better shot of having a good weekend.

"I could hold station in terms of overall speed with just about anyone this weekend, save for Lowndes and Murphy.

"The car's straight and we've moved up one spot in the championship to ninth, so there's not a lot to complain about at all."

New GRM driver Dean Canto also had a strong weekend in his debut for the team.

The current leader of the HPDC V8 Supercar Series replaced Andrew Jones in the team's #34 Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore in the week leading up to the race and finished an impressive 13th overall.

"I actually went quicker in the last race than I qualified at on Friday!" said Canto.

"I expected to be in the top 15 but thought we'd get there a bit earlier in the weekend. We made a fairly big change to the car for the last race and we moved up from 18th to 13th.

"I was still settling into the car as the weekend went by, but I felt very comfortable and welcomed by the team. By the end I was only a few tenths of a second off Cameron, so there's plenty of positives to take away from the weekend."

The V8 Supercar Championship Series will return to the track in Tasmania for the next round, the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in three weeks' time.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Russell Ingall , Andrew Jones , Dean Canto , Garry Rogers
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport