Hidden Valley: Lansvale Racing qualifying report

McConville qualifies 22nd in Darwin. May 18, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore driver Cameron McConville has qualified 22nd for the first of three races to decide the fourth round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series...

McConville qualifies 22nd in Darwin.

May 18, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore driver Cameron McConville has qualified 22nd for the first of three races to decide the fourth round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at Darwin's Hidden Valley circuit today.

The 28 year old driver braved stifling 37C heat during the split qualifying session, to set a lap time of 1:09.3704s, placing McConville, who has gained two top ten finishes so far this season, ahead of Larry Perkins, Steve Ellery, Craig Baird, Paul Morris and John Faulkner.

In what continues to be an incredibly competitive V8 Supercar season, the top 25 cars are within one second, with McConville's best lap time a mere 6/100ths of a second behind that set by SBR Ford driver Wayne Gardner.

According to McConville, the team has done a great job in improving the car following the set up problems encountered during the day's earlier practice sessions.

"The car is definitely better - we gained a lot in the car's front end grip with every change we made before and during the very hot qualifying session.I hope that with some further improvements we will have a strong pace for today's first race," He said.

The two morning practice sessions saw McConville set the 27th and 32nd lap times out of the 36 cars competing as the Sydney based team struggled to find the right balance for their VX Commodore at the 2.9km Hidden Valley circuit.

McConville's performance this weekend is being closely monitored by the Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS), who will be conducting a number of body temperature, cardio rate and other heat based fitness tests on the Lansvale Racing driver for the development of their tropical environment sports training research.

On Thursday, McConville completed a V02 max fitness test at the NTIS to set benchmark fitness levels, core temperatures and heart rates for comparison with the demands that V8 Supercar racing at the 2.9km Hidden Valley circuit places on his body given Darwin's very warm climate.

The Lansvale Racing Team will be back on track for the first race at 5:05pm this evening, followed by two 100km races tomorrow at 11:15am and 2:30pm.

-lr/pm-

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Faulkner , Craig Baird , Paul Morris