Unlucky 13th lap for Lansvale Racing at Oran Park. July 28, 2002 - The first V8 Supercar race to decide Round 7 of the Australian V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park lasted only 13 laps for Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team. 28 year old driver Cameron...
Unlucky 13th lap for Lansvale Racing at Oran Park.
July 28, 2002 - The first V8 Supercar race to decide Round 7 of the Australian V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park lasted only 13 laps for Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team.
28 year old driver Cameron McConville, who started from 5th on the grid after a superb qualifying performance yesterday, had muscled his Holden VX Commodore past Falcon driver Craig Lowndes and HRT driver Jason Bright to take third position spectacularly by the first corner.
The LRT pit strategy was deployed on lap 4, the team completing the stop in 10.5 seconds and sending McConville out to continue his charge for what was set to be a podium finish of at least third or perhaps even second, given race leader Marcos Ambrose's 26 second pit stop.
McConville's race pace was consistent enough to keep Lowndes and Bright at bay during the early stages of the race. On lap 13 the steering locked as a result of the steering rack cracking at the kink section of the circuit, sending McConville out of control and into the sandtrap at some 220 kph.
The LRT driver was devastated with this premature end to the race. " The car felt fantastic and I was confident of a podium finish. To qualify as well as we did and after our strong start to the race, to have it end with such a rare failure is very hard to take," McConville said.
The team will be start from the rear of the field for the second 58 lap race of the round scheduled at 2:35pm.
Started - 5th
First Corner - 3rd (past Lowndes / Bright)
Scheduled Pitstop - Lap 4
Re-joined in Pos. 25
Up to 18th by lap 9
15th lap 10
14th lap 11
12th lap 12
9th lap 13 - (DNF due to steering rack failure -set to be placed third at least after all scheduled stops).