Cameron McConville Looks to Go One Better at Bathurst

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Moorabbin JAXQuickfit franchisee, Cameron McConville will team up with Garth Tander in the Toll Holden Racing Team #2 car for this weekend’s V8 Supercar race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

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Moorabbin JAXQuickfit franchisee, Cameron McConville will team up with Garth Tander in the Toll Holden Racing Team #2 car for this weekend’s V8 Supercar race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

After a disappointing race in Phillip Island, the two seasoned drivers are looking to make history, with Australia’s most successful V8 Supercar team and celebrate Toll Holden Racing Team’s 20th anniversary on top of the podium.

McConville, who finished second in last year’s Bathurst race, pulled back from fulltime V8 Supercar competition at the end of last season to operate his own JAXQuickfit Tyres store.

When approached by Walkinshaw Racing to compete in this season’s long-distance races, Cameron realized his passion for the sport was still well and truly alive and jumped at the opportunity.

“I am really looking forward to making a solid contribution to the team’s success,” Cameron McConville explained.

“I’m ecstatic, to be driving with Garth and for the factory Toll Holden Racing Team it is a wonderful opportunity and one I’m not taking lightly,” McConville said.

This will be the second time Tander and McConville have teamed up, having contested the 2004 enduros together when they drove for Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Tander said the Toll HRT’s decision to sign McConville for this year’s enduro campaign was an easy one.

“Cameron was the obvious choice to me, he’s a great guy, we have been team-mates and driven together (at GRM) before, and we have exactly the same seating position,” Tander said.

“He’s got a lot of experience and even though Cam’s retired from fulltime driving he has plenty of miles under his belt this year.

“Cameron finished second at Bathurst last year, so it’s a strong combination whenever you can pair the first and second place finishers together.”

This will also be McConville’s second enduro campaign with HRT, the 36 year old having partnered Craig Lowndes in 1999, earning a pair of podium finishes – their second place finish at Mount Panorama securing Lowndes and HRT their third Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar Championship.

“It’s ironic that the last time I drove only in the enduros in a season I drove for HRT, so I’m back to where I started – I guess it’s just meant to be!” McConville said.

To prepare for the grueling endure conditions, Cameron has kept himself extremely busy, maintaining a strict training regime whilst still coping with the challenges of running a tyre retail store.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the team, the Series II Commodore race cars will sport the team’s original livery which Allan Grice and Win Percy carried on their way to the team’s first victory in the 1990 Great Race.

Australian-owned JAXQuickfit Tyres is unique in representing the top five global manufacturing giants of the tyre industry, including quality and high performance passenger car, light truck and four-wheel-drive tyre brands … BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli together with value for money brand options.

This enables it to offer customers a mix of brands that span the premium, major and budget market sectors.

In 2009 JAXQuickfit celebrated its 60th year in business. Nationally, the network serves more than 42,000 customers per month through its approaching 80 stores along the eastern seaboard.
JAXQuickfit Tyres' Moorabbin store is located at: 15 Taylor Street, Moorabbin. Phone 9532 2811.

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