V8 star drives the Great Ocean Road

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 09:27 08/02/2013
Fairfax Australia

V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville given drive of a lifetime

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Holiday makers on Australia’s most picturesque piece of road were held up by one of the world’s fastest cars this week. 

It’s normally the other way around on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, but former V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville stopped traffic in a Formula One racer while filming a promotion for the upcoming Australia Grand Prix.

 “To be honest it was the best day I’ve ever had in a race car, even though it was on public roads.

“I’ve ticked a few boxes... this tops all of them.

“I felt like a teenager going for a Sunday drive without any traffic.”

McConville has had the keys to a two-seat F1 car since 2009. The former Minardi racer, which has been modified with a second seat has a 3.0-litre Judd V10 with more than 500 kilowatts of grunt, but the former V8 Supercar driver kept it on a short leash for of the cameras.

“It was a real rush even though we were doing 80km/h for most of it,’’ he said.

“It felt pretty quick in a Formula One car, but it was still bottoming out in a couple of bumps.

“I’ve got nothing against Victorian Roads, but they certainly aren’t built for an F1 car.”

McConville was under pressure not to dent the million-dollar car as he recently accepted a new job as the Driving Standards Observer for V8 Supercars.

He’ll have to hold the likes of Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander to account, and punting an F1 car into the Twelve Apostles probably wouldn’t set a good example.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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