McConville, Bates Bathurst preview

October 1, 2001 - Shell Championship Series V8 Supercar sensation Cameron McConville heads to Mount Panorama this Sunday joined by co driver Rick Bates in an all new Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore for the 2001 V8 Supercar ...

October 1, 2001 - Shell Championship Series V8 Supercar sensation Cameron McConville heads to Mount Panorama this Sunday joined by co driver Rick Bates in an all new Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore for the 2001 V8 Supercar 1000.

McConville returns to Bathurst with an excellent endurance racing record at the daunting 6.2 kilometre New South Wales circuit. Out of eight Mount Panorama endurance races, McConville has raced to three podium finishes, highlighted by his superb second place at the 1999 FAI 1000 with Craig Lowndes.

Aside from the 27 year old Victorian's Bathurst successes, McConville is also riding a wave of major competitiveness for Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team this season. He has fought his way into the elite V8 Supercar top ten during the 2001 Shell Championship Series with a number of outstanding qualifying and race results. Armed with a completely new Lansvale Racing Commodore for the 2001 V8 Supercar 1000 and a quality co-driver in Rick Bates, McConville is confident about his chances of a top six result this Sunday.

"We have been working hard to ensure that our new Holden is fast and reliable and our testing results have been promising. We head into the V8 Supercar 1000 knowing that we have a very strong package that we hope to finish within the top six on Sunday. If we have a trouble free run we will definitely be at the front end of the field," The Sydney based Lansvale Racing Team V8 Supercar driver said.

McConville's driving partner is the highly experienced, four time Bathurst 12 Hour Production Car class Champion, Rick Bates. After a tough run at the Queensland 500 caused by all manner of on track incidents, the 36 year old Canberra driver is eager to display what he and the Lansvale Racing Team can do this weekend.

"I really believe that if nothing goes wrong with the car - we are a definite top six chance. The new car has been fantastic during testing and the Lansvale Racing Team have put everything into making this car their best ever. Cameron and I are committed to making this our strongest performance of the season," Bates said.

Team owners and Lansvale Racing VX Commodore drivers Trevor Ashby and Steve Reed will be competing in their 16th Bathurst 1000 this weekend - an unrivalled motor-sporting partnership. The Sydney drivers' proven consistency could also see the 51 year old pair improve on their highest Bathurst 1000 result of 8th gained in 1997.

"Trevor and I will put everything we've got into our 16th Bathurst effort, but the full benefit from the experience that we have gained over the years will be realised by Cameron and Rick in the new car. We're hoping that they will shake things up quite a bit in the top six, while Trevor and I don't plan to be too far behind them. A strong Bathurst finish represents the pinnacle of everything that we work hard to achieve each season," Steve Reed said.

Bathurst experience can be found throughout the tight-knit Lansvale Racing Team, with Chief Engineer Wally Story having racing raced at Mount Panorama on three occasions from 1980 to 1983.

Sydney's only Shell Championship Series V8 Supercar Team is set to make their local NSW fans proud this weekend and looks forward to an exciting weekend of premier Australian V8 Supercar racing at Bathurst. /ends.

-LRT-

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