Surfers Paradise: Lansvale Racing race notes

McConville 19th on the wet Gold Coast streets. October 27, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore driver Cameron McConville finished 19th in today's second Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge race, enduring far from ideal racing conditions at ...

McConville 19th on the wet Gold Coast streets.

October 27, 2002 - Lansvale Racing Team VX Commodore driver Cameron McConville finished 19th in today's second Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge race, enduring far from ideal racing conditions at Surfers Paradise.

After a week untouched by rain and a drought that has been the worst that South East Queensland has experienced in 65 years, the rain came just before today's second 22 lap V8 Supercar race on the Honda Indy 300 street circuit. The circuit was kept slippery throughout the race with intermittent showers during its 55 minutes running time.

McConville, who finished yesterday's race in 12th place - but was promoted to 10th after two post race penalties on other drivers were imposed, was then relegated back once again to 12th on Sunday morning when the penalties were withdrawn, (we can't work it out either...) got a great start to the wet race, muscling his way up to 10th by the fourth turn.

The difficult conditions suited the Lansvale Racing VX Commodore set up well, McConville lapping at a faster pace then his top ten rivals, holding off Falcon driver Steven Johnson and GRM Commodore driver Garth Tander.

Door handle to door handle racing continued, with Johnson, Tander and McConville engaging in a close battle to stay within the top ten, with a fifth lap mistake by Johnson boosting McConville to 10th. With ten laps to go McConville was 9th and by lap 12 he was leading the race, albeit due to the fact that the team was taking a gamble on their pit strategy by staying out longer than their rivals.

At the exact same time that the important pit call was made, an accident involving Steven Ellery brought out the Safety Car which cost the team dearly due to their subsequent late stop on lap 15.

The 28 year old driver then set about making up as much ground as possible in the short time remaining, lapping as fast as the leaders as he made his way from 22nd to 19th by the chequered flag.

Cameron McConville - "The Lansvale Commodore was very quick in the wet, but we stayed out one lap too long with the Safety Car. In hindsight we should have pitted early - but it was more bad luck than anything else. It has been a weekend of hard work for all in the team and we performed well, with some more work on the car I am sure that we will be even faster at New Zealand in a fortnight."

The Lansvale Racing Team, Sydney's only V8 Supercar Team, earned two points earning finishes at the 11th round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at Surfers Paradise this weekend. The team performed well within the top fifteen practice and qualifying times throughout and displaying a consistently strong race pace in each of the two 100km races.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Steven Ellery , Cameron McConville