Eastern Creek: Lansvale Racing race one report

Lansvale Racing Team Round 3 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series April 27-28 Eastern Creek International Raceway, NSW. Bad start for Lansvale Racing at home race. April 27, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team V8 Supercar driver...

Lansvale Racing Team
Round 3 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series
April 27-28 Eastern Creek International Raceway, NSW.

Bad start for Lansvale Racing at home race.

April 27, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville retired from today's first V8 Supercar race after just four laps due to a major engine problem.

This was the first of three V8 Supercar races this weekend at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway to decide the third round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship. Not gaining any points from this 13 lap race was a bitter pill to swallow for Lansvale Racing, the only Sydney based team competing.

28 year old driver Cameron McConville, who finished 6th overall at the last V8 Supercar round at Phillip Island in Victoria, was disappointed not to have gained points at this opening race as the set up of the Lansvale Racing VX Commodore was much better than in qualifying.

"On the third lap I could tell that something was wrong, there was no warning whatsoever that something was wrong but I was losing power and then within half a lap the engine was misfiring badly and I was forced to pit. Whatever the problem was it was terminal and that was the end of my race. It was a shame as the balance of the car was excellent and I was starting to make up some places," McConville said.

It will be a long night ahead for the Lansvale Racing Team pit crew according to Chief Engineer Wally Storey.

"We'll be fitting a new engine tonight and analysing data from the few laps we did to ensure that we give Cameron the best possible car for tomorrow's races, where it will be imperative for us to earn points. It was always going to be a long night with the late race today, but for us there will be a lot more to do than usual," Storey said.

McConville returns to the track tomorrow (Sunday) at 9:45am for the warm up and will compete in two 39 lap races at 11:15am and 2:45pm.

The race was won by HRT driver Mark Skaife, from Ford driver Marcus Ambrose and Holden driver John Faulkner third.

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Faulkner , Cameron McConville , Mark Skaife , Phillip Island