Symmons Plains: Garry Rogers Motorsport report

Tough weekend for GRM in Tasmania Garry Rogers Motorsport drivers Cameron McConville and Dean Canto have had a tough weekend in the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in Tasmania. The duo couldn't crack the top 10...

Tough weekend for GRM in Tasmania

Garry Rogers Motorsport drivers Cameron McConville and Dean Canto have had a tough weekend in the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.

The duo couldn't crack the top 10 for the weekend, though McConville retains his spot in the top 10 in the championship.

McConville finished 14th in the opening 42-lapper on Saturday and backed it up with a 15th in the first of today's races. What made the drive all the more impressive was the fact McConville had been spun off the road on lap one and dropped back to 29th!

In the final race he raced home to 17th to collect more championship points.

"I got spun around in Race 2. I'd just grabbed second gear on the exit of the hairpin and I copped a hit and ended up sailing out into the fields!" said McConville.

"It was a frustrating sort of weekend. We just really didn't have the kind of car speed we needed. In the last race we pitted at the same time as the adjoining FPR and Tasman crews so that slowed us in and out of the pit bay.

"We made good progress early in the weekend but it's such a horsepower track that good power is really important for the long drags up and down the straights. We maybe didn't have as much as some of the others but, as always, we pressed on."

Team-mate Canto initially went the wrong way with setup at the beginning of the weekend on the #34 Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore, qualifying lowly and finishing 29th in the opening race.

Improvements to the car resulted in him improving to finish 20th and 26th in the final two races.

"It was a tough weekend where we went the wrong way at the start of the weekend and didn't get back onto the right track until the second race," said Canto.

"We just didn't have the outright pace of most of the other cars. There were no major problems for us but it's a shame to not be able to back up the good result I had in my first drive with the team at Indy."

The V8 Supercar Championship Series will now return to Victoria for the BigPond Grand Finale at Phillip Island in a fortnight's time.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Cameron McConville , Dean Canto , Garry Rogers , Phillip Island
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport