Round One, Australian V8 Supercar Championship Clipsal 500 - Adelaide Street Circuit March 15-17 2002. High Drama In Adelaide For Lansvale Racing March 17, 2002 - Sunday at the Clipsal 500 saw Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville set...
Round One, Australian V8 Supercar Championship
Clipsal 500 - Adelaide Street Circuit March 15-17 2002.
High Drama In Adelaide For Lansvale Racing
March 17, 2002 - Sunday at the Clipsal 500 saw Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville set the 11th fastest lap of the morning warm up, providing the team with an optimistic outlook for the 250 kilometre race ahead. 35 degree ambient temperatures ensured that it would be very hard going on the 3.2 kilometre Adelaide Street Circuit.
Unfortunately, the bad luck that dogged the team through practice, qualifying and Saturday's engine failure (after 15 laps) returned without one full lap completed of the second 250 kilometre leg.
McConville made the most from a strong start from 32nd on the grid. Before the end of the first lap he was battling for position with Ultra Tune drivers Paul Romano and Matthew White who started from 29th and 17th respectively. A blocking manouvre by White left the Lansvale Racing Team driver with no option but to collide into the turn 8 retaining wall.
McConville nursed the heavily damaged Lansvale VX Commodore to the pits for frantic repairs immediately, but the steering, suspension and panel damage took time, the driver emerging on lap 53 for the final 25 laps of the race.
The 28 year old was setting lap times in the 1min. 25 sec. bracket, equivalent to those set by the top 15 drivers, but with more than 75 per cent of the race not completed, McConville could not score Championship points.
Cameron McConville - "I passed Paul Romano and had a good run on Stephen White, I was alongside him as we both turned but he left me no room and basically drove straight across me, sending me off the track. It is a shame because the car was great after the warm up and after yesterday's early end to the race, I really needed to salvage some points from this season opening round. It has been a very tough weekend for us from the word go and now we have to focus on a much better performance at Phillip Island."
The Clipsal 500 was once again an incredible success story, with another record crowd of 171,200 attending the three days of this event. New records were established on each day of the event - Friday 45,200, Saturday 60,400 and Sunday 65,600.
Team Co-Owner, Trevor Ashby - "That was a very tough weekend - when a set up mistake happens in qualifying, then you lose an engine in the first race and have a crash in the third -there isn't a lot that you can do. At least we managed to get the car back out for some laps - although we didn't glean much in the way of performance data from this. I suppose that if racing V8 Supercars was easy, then everyone would do it!"
The second leg was won by HRT driver Mark Skaife making it two in a row in Adelaide this weekend, with Greg Murphy and Stephen Richards completing an all Holden podium.
Sydney's V8 Supercar Team will continue development work on their VX Commodore before they head to the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Victoria for Round 2 on April 14.