2008 Australian V8 Supercar Championship: Cameron McConville
supported by JAX Tyres
A sellout crowd of over 170,000 fans witnessed an amazing weekend of V8 Supercar action across three exciting days at the all new street circuit event in the centre of the city of Hamilton in New Zealand. The successful inaugural event was the first one of two international "fly-away" events on the 2008 Australian V8 Supercars Championship calendar.
After the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand WOW Racing's Cameron McConville (supported by JAX Tyres) has moved two places up the V8 Supercar Championship point standings to 13th after another very strong, front-running weekend.
Cameron fought hard for key positions from initial practice on Friday until the last lap of racing on Sunday. His vigorous drives also generated substantial television coverage (see ratings attachment) for the Team and reinforced the fact that WOW Racing is a very competitive force in 2008.
Despite some awkward drizzle in early Qualifying, Cameron qualified a tremendous 6th just 0:00.3068 of a second from Pole position in the #14 WOW Racing Holden Commodore.
Race 2 was a much quieter race than Race 1 and Cameron finished strongly in 5th between Lee Holdsworth and former series Champion, Rick Kelly.
In the final 36 lap sprint race, Cameron, was battling with Paul Dumbrell for 7th position. Heading to turn 2 on Lap 24, Dumbrell attempted to pass Cam on the outside. The dubious move resulted in light contact and Dumbrell failing to finish with damaged steering. However, to the dismay of the WOW Racing crew, officials determined Cameron had not left sufficient "racing room" and levied a pit lane drive-through penalty.
Qualifying, Race & Round Results, Hamilton NZ: Qualifying 6th, Race 1 6th, Race 2 5th, Race 3 20th, Round 3 Overall 7th:
"We are so close to a breakthrough. The WOW Racing car was good enough for a serious Top 6, or better - all weekend. The drive through penalty in Race 3 was disappointing. I didn't get to state my case before we were executed. I held my race line, Paul was in a no-win position and he could have easily prevented that outcome, but I paid the price... However, the positives easily outweigh the negative. We've proven again we're a force and we'll get better."
November 2009 Update: Cameron McConville joins JAX Tyres to run the new store in Moorabbin