McConville makes welcome return to Top 10 at Oran Park Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Cameron McConville has bounced back strongly in the eighth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with an eighth place result at Oran Park Raceway in ...
McConville makes welcome return to Top 10 at Oran Park
Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Cameron McConville has bounced back strongly in the eighth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with an eighth place result at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney.
After two rounds where the #33 Commodore driver struggled with speed, it was a welcome return to the top 10, the result now pushing McConville into 13th in the series.
After qualifying 19th (and missing the Top 10 Shootout by only 0.2s!), McConville was on fire in the opening 54-lap race, moving through to finish eighth.
While a handful of his rivals, including leaders Marcos Ambrose and Craig Lowndes, received drive-through penalties for speeding in the pitlane, McConville made plenty of moves on the track to improve 11 positions.
He held the same spot in the final race, taking eighth for the round and helping build confidence as the team heads into the endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst.
"In the second race I had a real fight on my hands in the last lap or so because my leg cramped up," said McConville.
"But early in the race also made for some difficult times. We'd made a change to the setup for the final race that left me a little prone to locking up the front tyres into turn two and I flat-spotted one that meant we struggled for mid corner pace in the right hand corners.
"Our pace was good early and the car was quite consistent. It's nice to be back in the top 10 I have to say."
Another to encounter the same pitlane speeding penalty as Ambrose and Lowndes was McConville's team-mate Andrew Jones.
The #34 Commodore driver had to serve his drive-through pitlane penalty for exceeding the 40 km/h speed limit, which dropped him to a 25th place finish.
In the second race he also finished 25th to pick up a bundle of championship points.
GRM will now switch to 'endurance' mode with the first of the two-driver- per-car races to be held at Sandown in September.
The traditional 500-kilometre race is the lead-up to the Bathurst 1000 in October.