Today's final V8 Supercar 1000 practice session took place at 4:20pm in sunny and partly cloudy conditions. Major improvements from the comprehensive work carried out overnight saw all Lansvale Racing Team drivers report significant handling ...
Today's final V8 Supercar 1000 practice session took place at 4:20pm in sunny and partly cloudy conditions.
Major improvements from the comprehensive work carried out overnight saw all Lansvale Racing Team drivers report significant handling improvements from the team's two Holden VX Commodores.
Cameron McConville almost matched his qualifying pace carrying three quarter full fuel loads (2:12.4958s), with co-driver Rick Bates also pleased with better turn in response and power down traction with the new Lansvale Racing VX Commodore.
Cameron McConville - "The car is definitely better - we are merely a tenth away from my qualifying time with a heavy fuel load. The car is much better balanced - we now have a nice race package."
Rick Bates - "The car is good on a full fuel load, the improvements are significant, particularly with corner entry and power down. This session was a good confidence booster ahead of the hard work tomorrow."
Steve Reed, who celebrated his 51st birthday today, also enjoyed a consistent drive during the session. Co-driver Trevor Ashby settled in at 30th overall with a fastest lap of 2:14.5158s. Their session was delayed slightly due to an early oil leak.
Trevor Ashby - "The car is much better now - we need another slight suspension adjustment that will make it a great race car. It is much easier to drive thanks to the changes that we have made, especially with a full fuel load."
Ashby and Reed will continue their record setting Bathurst driver pairing tomorrow, starting their 16th Bathurst 1000 kilometre race with the same enthusiasm that they took to their first race start at Mount Panorama back in 1986.
McConville is set to continue his strong 2001 Shell Championship Series performance at Mount Panorama, for this his 9th Bathurst enduro. Co-driver Rick Bates is also poised to compete in his most competitive Bathurst race yet.
All the Lansvale drivers will have a hard day's work cut out for them tomorrow, when McConville starts the Sydney team's strongest Bathurst challenge yet at 10:00am for 161 hard fought laps of the Mount Panorama circuit.
Cameron McConville will start from 21st on the grid and Trevor Ashby will start from position 31.
The 20 minute Bathurst V8 Supercar warm up session is scheduled for 7:15am. Record crowds are expected in Bathurst after bumper attendances on Friday and Saturday.