Winton: Lansvale Racing race report: 2002-08-18

Rough Ride At Winton For LRT Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team has endured a tough and unrewarding weekend at Winton Raceway competing in Round 8 of the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Team driver Cameron McConville finished 24th and 26th in today's...

Rough Ride At Winton For LRT

Sydney's Lansvale Racing Team has endured a tough and unrewarding weekend at Winton Raceway competing in Round 8 of the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Team driver Cameron McConville finished 24th and 26th in today's two V8 Supercar races, not a good reflection of the amount of work he and the team put into generating stronger points earning results at the regional Victorian venue. Cameron McConville - "I have been struggling for grip throughout the weekend. We made changes between the first and second races that made the car worse, and after racing for these results there is nothing positive to take away from Winton. We will use another test day before the Queensland 500 to develop a better package for the first of the enduros".

These results marked the end of a very hard weekend at the office for McConville and the tight knit Lansvale Racing Team. The team is now focussed on the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 on September 14 and 15, where endurance driver Warren Luff will make his debut as McConville's co-driver in the the number 3 VX Commodore.

Race One Report

McConville powered away to a fast start from 28th on the grid and looked set to make up at least three positions heading into the first turn, until a melee saw Craig Lowndes and Jason Bargwanna spin, the latter directly in front of the LRT VX Commodore driver. This forced McConville wide and down to 32nd position. The team opted to pit early, and on lap 4 out of 32 completed a 10.4 second stop. By the tenth lap McConville had made his way up to 2, climbing further to 23rd by lap 21 and trailing Falcon driver Tony Longhurst until a late race mistake saw him relegated to 24th. Today's first race was a matter of trying to extract the best result from a bad handling car. McConville remained in 24th position ahead of Falcon drivers Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton and Steven Johnson by the chequered flag.

Race Two Report

The second 32 lap race held some promise for a familiar McConville fightback drive from the rear of the field. Unfortunately, it would prove to garner precious little by way of reward for the major effort put in. McConville powered off to a great start, making up four places to 20th, but it was shortly into the first lap when the Safety Car emerged due to an accident involving John Faulkner.

On lap 5 the race started again and McConville made his compulsory pit stop on lap 7, another strong 10.4 second stop saw the 28 year old driver back on the road and continuing his strong run in 19th. By lap 20 out of 32 he had made up another three positions to 16th, but a tap from Paul Morris on lap 23 saw the LRT VX Commodore driver run wide and drop back to 23rd. McConville continued with a worsening car, dropping to 24th and finally 26th by the end of the 32 lap race.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , John Faulkner , Cameron McConville , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , Glenn Seton , Tony Longhurst , Warren Luff