Cameron McConville 4th at Phillip Island after outstanding performance. Round 2, Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series Phillip Island, VIC. April 14, 2002. April 14, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville translated a last...
Cameron McConville 4th at Phillip Island after outstanding performance.
Round 2, Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series Phillip Island, VIC. April 14, 2002.
April 14, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team driver Cameron McConville translated a last row start to two 11th and 4th place finishes today in Round 2 of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship at Victoria's Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.
The first 150km race saw McConville race his way from 32nd on the grid to as high as 10th, but finishing 11th after being forced to slow down during the last two laps in order to make it to the finish, nursing a broken front splitter.
During the race, the Lansvale Racing Team driver set the 4th fastest lap (1:35.2002s) during this remarkable performance with race winner Marcus Ambrose, (SBR Falcon) second placed Mark Skaife and Jason Bright (3rd) setting marginally faster lap times.
McConville spent the entire 34 lap race fighting with DJR Falcon driver Steven Johnson for position. Chief Engineer Wally Storey called an early pit stop on lap three which also proved to be a very wise move.
Race Two at 3:00pm held in magnificent sunshine saw the Lansvale Racing Team score their best ever Phillip Island result with McConville powering the team's VX Commodore into 4th after a race long battle with DJR Falcon driver Paul Radisich for third position.
McConville started from 11th on the grid and was into 10th by mid way through the first lap. Once again on lap 3 he pitted for his compulsory tyre stop and right at that point an accident between Rodney Forbes and Paul Romano brought out the safety car, bringing more than three quarters of the field to the pits as well.
McConville emerged from the stop in 13th, behind Radisich and ahead of Russell Ingall and Glenn Seton. This would mark the start of a hectic battle between the Lansvale driver and Radisich that would see the two drivers separated by a mere 3 to 4 tenths of a second for most of the next 21 laps.
On lap 13 McConville moved up the order due to an accident involving Max Wilson and Marcus Ambrose, narrowly missing Wilson's heavily damaged Falcon that was blocking the track. Ford driver Craig Lowndes was unable to miss Wilson's Falcon and was also eliminated from the race in the accident.
A further series of pit stops by other competitors promoted McConville to 5th where after passing Falcon driver Tony Longhurst for 4th, he resumed his bumper to bumper chase of Radisich. During this chase, McConville set the 5th fastest lap of the race, 1:35,7087s, proving once again that the Lansvale Racing Team's pace was well up with the leaders on one of the fastest circuits in the country.
McConville's close battle continued until the chequered flag appeared on lap 34, scoring a superb 4th place, 8/10ths of a second behind Radisich, with HRT driver and defending Champion Mark Skaife claiming his second win of the day ahead of TWR driver Todd Kelly.
This result was particularly pleasing for 28 year old McConville, who opened his 2002 V8 Supercar Championship points account at Phillip Island. He finished 6th overall on the day with 78 points and is placed 20th in the V8 Supercar Series pointscore ahead of Paul Weel, David Besnard and Simon Wills.
Cameron McConville - "We were very disappointed with our qualifying, but we were always confident that this did not reflect our car speed for the races. As it turned out, it was probably fortunate that I was able to start from the back, as I could avoid the carnage during both races.
"Overall I'm absolutely stoked to finish race two in 4th. We made small changes to the car between races that were definite improvements and again we called it right to pit early- the guys deserve full credit for their fast stops.
"We had an engine misfire develop during the last twenty laps, had this not happened I reckon that we had the speed today to take third. This is all good news for Eastern Creek and beyond.
"We had luck on our side today, which was a very pleasant change."
Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team, the harbour city's only V8 Supercar team, now prepares for their first of two "home" races in a fortnight at the Eastern Creek circuit. (April 28).
LRT NOTE: (Phillip Island's first race was re-started after a horrific opening lap crash that saw GRM Commodore driver Jason Bargwanna involved in a multiple rollover accident that completely destroyed his car. As a consequence of this accident, Greg Murphy was disqualified from the race one results, promoting Cameron McConville to 11th after his 12th place finish.).