Top 10 result for McConville and Jones in wet Sandown 500 Cameron McConville and Andrew Jones have completed a trying Sandown 500 in Melbourne in a strong 10th place for the Garry Rogers Motorsport team. The duo had a strong Repco Valvoline ...
Top 10 result for McConville and Jones in wet Sandown 500
Cameron McConville and Andrew Jones have completed a trying Sandown 500 in Melbourne in a strong 10th place for the Garry Rogers Motorsport team.
The duo had a strong Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore all day and drove through the changeable weather conditions to pick up handy championship points.
McConville narrowly avoided a spot in the Top 10 Shootout, qualifying 11th, and he started the race, moving well inside the top 10 when he handed over to Jones, who went out on wet weather tyres and pressed on even as the weather changed.
"I'm happy overall and thought we had the speed for a top seven finish," said McConville.
"We had an extra stop for tyres after Andrew got in and that cost us but it was such a lottery today.
"The car was really speedy in the first stint and in the last stint I was on slick tyres and had to drop the pace on the last four laps when the rain started coming down a bit heavier.
"I just had to keep it on the black stuff and get it home. All in all though, it bodes well for Bathurst with the pace we showed this weekend."
Jones' result was his best finish of the 2005 season.
"Cameron had a good car in the dry and the car was very consistent," he said.
"It was good to have a long run and get into a rhythm and punch out some consistent lap times.
"We were speedy in the wet as well. It's always nice to finish in the top 10 so it's a good result." The team's second Commodore of HPDC V8 Supercar Series regulars Phil Scifleet and Lee Holdsworth ran a consistent race and stayed out of trouble, finishing 20th.
Holdsworth started the car from 26th on the grid and also finished the race, with Scifleet running a competitive middle stint when the rain was at its worst.
The duo acquitted themselves well and kept the #33 Commodore generally out of trouble.
The team will head to Bathurst in four weeks time for the Bathurst 1000, the 10th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.