Shanghai: GRM weekend race report

McConville salvages eighth in Shanghai The debut of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Shanghai, China, has been labelled a success for the category and resulted in another Top 10 result for Garry Rogers Motorsport's...

McConville salvages eighth in Shanghai

The debut of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Shanghai, China, has been labelled a success for the category and resulted in another Top 10 result for Garry Rogers Motorsport's Cameron McConville.

After struggling in the early part of the weekend on the 4.6-kilometre winding circuit, McConville and his team worked away at improving the #33 Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore and salvaged a good result which leaves them knocking on the door of the top 10 in the series.

Qualifying a lowly 23rd wasn't the kind of start to the weekend the team had hoped for, but smart driving moved him to a 16th place finish in Race 1 backed up by a pair of ninth-places in the second two 140-kilometre races.

"To salvage a finish in the top 10 and equal our best finish of the year after our worst qualifying performance so far is more than what we could have hoped for and something to take away from this event," said McConville.

"We struggled with rear grip in race three and there's a bit of work to do to improve, but this has been an awesome experience racing here in Shanghai.

"The facility is mind-blowing and for our category to be racing here speaks volumes for the growth of the series. It's absolutely world-class and would have to have well and truly claimed the mantle as the best touring car series in the world with racing here this weekend."

Team-mate Andrew Jones produced a solid weekend. After qualifying a lowly 31st, Jones took the same path as McConville and steadily worked his way up the field. He finished 26th in Race 1, followed by a pair of 18th-place finishes.

"I didn't really have a lot of car speed today, we lacked race pace but our pit stops were just awesome and helped a lot, especially in race three," said Jones.

"I think we moved forward today as a team, and what a place to do that; it has been an incredible experience." The Garry Rogers Motorsport squad will jet back to Australia to prepare for the next round of the series at Hidden Valley in Darwin in three weeks time.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Cameron McConville , Andrew Jones , Garry Rogers
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport