His experience outclassed the competition and McConville dominated at Winton, impressing industry heavyweights and resulting in a call-up to compete in the main Championship Series at the Sucrogen Townsville 400.
“Everything I have done this year has been in anticipation of the next three races, so 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.
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