Lansvale Racing 15th in Bathurst classic- Luff takes top Bathurst Rookie honours. October 13, 2002 - Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team has finished 15th in the year's most prestigious and demanding motor race, the 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Mount...
Lansvale Racing 15th in Bathurst classic- Luff takes top Bathurst Rookie honours.
October 13, 2002 - Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team has finished 15th in the year's most prestigious and demanding motor race, the 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
Drivers Cameron McConville and team mate Warren Luff (who was the highest placed Rookie in this classic enduro) drove a faultless race, the pair competing as high as 8th until power steering problems developed during the final stages of the race.
McConville started the race strongly from his 20th starting position on the grid, gaining five positions on the first lap. Luff drove two consistent stints between harder sprints by McConville and the duo were solidly placed in the top ten. They engaged in a race long battle with Greg Ritter and Alan Jones' DJR Falcon over 7th and 8th positions by the closing stages of the race.
Power steering problems emerged during Luff's final stint and despite two unscheduled pit stops to repair the problem, it worsened. By the time McConville took over for the final stint there was no power steering at all and it was a hard work to complete the race.
Cameron McConville - "We got off to a great start and our LRT Commodore felt very good today. Despite being a bit down on straightline speed our car was particularly quick over the top of the mountain. We were moving up into the top ten and got as high as 8th before the power steering began to fail. We first noticed the problem during Warren's second stint and combined with the rain, he had a hard time of it in his Bathurst debut. We soldiered on in the last stint to finish and gain some valuable points but it is a disappointing result compared to what could have been a genuine top six finish today."
Warren Luff - "I have mixed emotions after finishing my first Bathurst 1000 - obviously I'm very happy that we finished the race and that I was the highest placed rookie, but from an overall perspective the power steering problems that we had in the later stages prevented us from gaining a strong top ten finish. I've enjoyed my time with the Lansvale Racing Team very much and I'm looking forward to coming back next year."
Trevor Ashby - Team co-owner - "I'm very pleased that we made the end of the race given our power steering problems over the final 40 laps that ended our chances of a top ten finish. I remain very impressed with the efforts of both our drivers today under the conditions."
Steve Reed - Team co-owner - "I'm a bit disappointed overall as we had an excellent car today. We had one problem all day and the team did an excellent job with their pit stops - all was on target for a top five or six finish. Cameron and Warren did a great job and deserved a better result."
"It was hard for Trevor and I to watch the race this year so we hope to be back behind the wheel next year," Steve Reed.
The 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 was the Sydney based Lansvale Racing Team's 17th appearance in this icon Australian motor race.