Cameron McConville

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Cameron McConville
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McConville signing autographs at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park
Nationality Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian
Born22 January 1974 (1974-01-22) (age 48)
Melbourne, Victoria
Supercars career
Debut season 1999
Teams John Faulkner Racing
Rod Nash Racing
Lansvale Racing Team
Garry Rogers Motorsport
Paul Weel Racing
Brad Jones Racing
Holden Racing Team
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
Starts330
Wins2
Poles0
Best finish10th in 2005
Previous series
1990
1991–92
1996
1997–98
2011–12
2012-17
2015,17
Victorian Formula Ford
Australian Formula Ford
Australian GT Production
Australian Super Touring
V8 Utes
Australian GT C/ship
Carrera Cup Australia
Championship titles
1992
1996
Australian Formula Ford
Australian GT Production

Cameron 'Cam' McConville (born 22 January 1974) is an Australian racing driver and motorsport celebrity. While retired from full-time competition, McConville still races occasionally and is an in-demand endurance event co-driver. McConville spent 14 years as a professional driver, ten of those in the largest Australian domestic category, Supercars Championship. McConville has also written for several magazines and presented several television programs and up until the end of the 2009 season was the colour commentator for Network Ten's Australian coverage of Formula One. McConville announced his retirement from full-time racing for the end of the 2009 season. [1] He is also rumoured to be The Stig in Top Gear Australia . [2]

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McConville now works with the Zagame Automotive Group.

Early years

McConville began his motor racing career at the age of eight racing go-karts in first local then national championships, culminating in several Victorian titles. At the age of fifteen, he became the youngest ever holder of a CAMS racing licence with a brief foray into Formula Vee racing before moving onto the highly competitive Formula Ford racing category in 1991. In 1992 he was chosen to be the 'works' Van Diemen driver and he won the prestigious Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series beating future champions such as Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards.

This victory (he was the youngest ever winner of the series) drew national attention and a testing role with Dick Johnson's Shell Ultra-hi Racing. McConville impressed Johnson and was included in the driver line up for the 1992 Tooheys 1000 in the team's second Ford Sierra RS500. McConville easily qualified the car, but in the wet conditions that marred the race it was decided to let the more experienced pair of Terry Shiel and Greg Crick handle the driving of the tricky, but powerful, turbocharged car.

His solid performance in practice at Bathurst meant he was invited back to DJR for the 1993 Tooheys 1000, where he paired with Paul Radisich in Shell team's second Ford EB Falcon V8. Unfortunately, whilst in third position, and under pressure from Tomas Mezera in the Holden Racing Team VP Commodore, McConville miscued going over Skyline, got the car sideways and clouted the wall, causing what turned out to be mostly cosmetic damage to the Falcon. However, the damage the #18 Shell car was done and Radisich/McConville would ultimately finish in 8th position, 10 laps behind the winning Larry Perkins/Gregg Hansford Commodore. McConville's crash at Mount Panorama proved to be costly to his rising career.

After several years of driving for lesser teams, his persistence finally paid off when he teamed up with prominent Melbourne businessman Tom Warwick to drive a Porsche 993 RSCS in the Australian GTP championship during the 1996 season. He won the series in the last race of the year beating championship favourite Jim Richards. In 1997 he was chosen to replace Greg Murphy as the Audi Australia 'works' driver (largely due to his success the previous year) where he finished third in the Australian Super Touring Championship. In 1998 he was narrowly beaten to the championship by team owner Brad Jones in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Supercars career

An impressive part-time drive in the 1999 V8 Supercar championship saw the Holden Racing Team offer McConville an endurance co-drive, pairing up with the then championship leader Craig Lowndes. Together they finished in second place at the Bathurst 1000 race. This performance earned him a full-time contract with the newly expanded Rod Nash Racing for 2000. In 2001 he moved to the Sydney-based Lansvale racing team where he continued to impress in under-funded, less-developed machinery. He remained with the team until he was offered a contract with the Garry Rogers Motorsport outfit in 2004 after he was the outright winner of the Bathurst 24 hour race in 2002 in a Holden Monaro driving for the same team. The move to the Garry Rogers team proved fruitful for McConville when he took his first championship race win at Winton Raceway in 2004. In 2005 he took on team leader status at GRM with the departure of Garth Tander to the HSV dealer team. The following year, McConville was lured to Kees and Paul Weel's Supercheap Auto Racing outfit to pair with Greg Murphy after the retirement of Paul Weel in 2005.

In 2007, Cameron began a new motorsport reporting role with Channel Ten, including co-hosting the Formula One coverage. [3]

In 2008, he joined up with his former boss Brad Jones to drive the number 14 Commodore after the team made the switch from Ford to Holden with the support of Walkinshaw Performance in the pursuit of better results. WOW Sight and Sound soon signed on as McConville's major sponsor for the 2008 championship. McConville immediately highlighted the new relationship with an excellent third at the Adelaide 500. After two mixed seasons McConville announced his decision to step down from full-time racing at the end of the season, the announcement came soon after a nasty crash at the Phillip Island 500K. During the off-season it was also announced that McConville would not be returning to his on-screen role with Channel 10 and McConville set up a business franchise in tyre retailing. A change in V8 Supercar endurance race regulations made McConville hot property as a co-driver in 2010 and he was quickly announced as a co-driver for the Holden Racing Team.

McConville stepped back into a race car at the 2010 Bathurst 12 Hour and co-drove a HSV R8 Tourer to third place. Subsequently, McConville picked up a drive in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series driving the Eggleston Motorsport Commodore which also enjoyed support from Holden Racing Team's parent organisation Walkinshaw Performance eager to get McConville additional racing prior to the 2010 endurance races. In the lead up to the 2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport announced that McConville would be replacing Daniel Gaunt in the team in the short term. [4]

McConville was a last minute entrant for Team BOC at the Falken Tasmania Challenge of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship. He replaced Jason Bright in Race 24, who withdrew after qualifying due to a rib injury. McConville started at the rear of the field and finished 19th.

Career results

SeasonSeriesPositionCarEntrant / team
1991 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 8th Van Diemen RF91 Ford Anderson Consulting / Ken McConville
1992 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 1stVan Diemen RF92 FordAnderson Consulting
1996 Australian GT Production Car Championship 1st Porsche 993 RSCS Warwick Fabrics
1997 Australian Super Touring Championship 3rd Audi A4 Quattro Brad Jones Racing
1998 Australian Super Touring Championship 2nd Audi A4 Quattro Brad Jones Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 17th Holden VS Commodore
Holden VT Commodore
John Faulkner Racing
Holden Racing Team
2000 Shell Championship Series 27th Holden VT Commodore Rod Nash Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 21st Holden VX Commodore Lansvale Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 28th Holden VX Commodore Lansvale Racing Team
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 18th Holden VX Commodore Lansvale Racing Team
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 13th Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 10th Holden VZ Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 13th Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 34th Holden VE Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 22nd Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 20th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 22nd Holden VE Commodore Eggleston Motorsport
V8 Supercar Championship Series 29th Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
Holden Racing Team
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 34th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
Brad Jones Racing
Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 24th Eggleston Motorsport
Australian V8 Ute Racing Series 5th Holden VE Ute SS Walkinshaw Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 34th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
Australian V8 Ute Racing Series 5th Holden VE Ute SS Walkinshaw Racing
2014 Australian GT Championship 34th Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Maranello Motorsport
Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series 9th Holden VZ Commodore Eggleston Motorsport
2015 Australian GT Championship 41st Ferrari 458 Italia Maranello Motorsport
Australian Carrera Cup Championship 14th Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 OPS Gateway
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 33rd Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 54th Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
Australian Carrera Cup Championship 7th Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 Zagame Autosport

Bathurst 1000 results

YearCar#TeamCarCo-driverPositionLaps
1992 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Terry Shiel
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Greg Crick
11th134
1993 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EB Falcon Flag of New Zealand.svg Paul Radisich 8th151
1994 39Challenge Motorsport Holden VP Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Smerdon13th151
1996 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford EF Falcon Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Larkham DNF3
1997*11 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro Flag of France.svg Jean-François Hemroulle3rd161
1998*1 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brad Jones 3rd161
1998 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EL Falcon Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Bowe DNF80
1999 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Lowndes 2nd161
2000 54 Rod Nash Racing Holden VT Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Brabham DNF105
2001 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rick Bates10th160
2002 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Warren Luff 15th159
2003 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Leahey20th144
2004 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VY Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garth Tander DNF133
2005 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Andrew Jones 4th161
2006 51 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore Flag of New Zealand.svg Greg Murphy DNF104
2007 50 Paul Weel Racing Holden VE Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Reynolds DNF0
2008 12 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Andrew Jones DNF40
2009 8 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore Flag of New Zealand.svg Jason Richards 2nd161
2010 2 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garth Tander 3rd161
2011 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Courtney 7th161
2012 22 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Courtney 4th161
2016 222 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nick Percat 3rd161

* Super Touring race

Complete Bathurst 24 Hour results

YearTeamCo-driversCarClassLapsOverall
position
Class
position
2002 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garry Rogers Motorsport Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garth Tander
Flag of New Zealand.svg Steven Richards
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nathan Pretty
Holden Monaro 427C 15321st1st
2003 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garry Rogers Motorsport Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nathan Pretty
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garth Tander
Flag of New Zealand.svg Steven Richards
Holden Monaro 427C A5272nd2nd

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