September 17, 2014 | General


“My focus is very much on making sure the GT3 Challenge runs smoothly for their final round though it will be nice to just jump in and have a drive and give the car a run and re-acquaint myself with a V8.

“Im looking forward to dusting the cobwebs off the race suit. I actually couldnt remember where it was since I last used it I had to go digging in the cupboard to find it!

“It will be good to drive a V8 Supercar again albeit an older model. Ive got plenty of experience with that era of HRT/Walkinshaw-built cars and I actually did a test day some years ago in the car Im racing this weekend so its not completely foreign.

McConville is a familiar face to Eggleston Motorsport given he has competed for the team in the Dunlop Series for V8 Supercars previously.

Hes also familiar with the Kumho Series given he has previously acted as Driving Standards Observer for the category for ex-V8 Supercars.

The car he will drive has plenty of history given it gave the Holden Racing Team its 50th round win in Shanghai China in 2005 and later that season was used by James Courtney for his V8 debut.

It was raced by Garth Tander in 2006 for the Toll HSV Dealer Team before being used by Marcus Zukanovic in the Dunlop Series and appeared in the Kumho Series at Sandown in late 2012 prior to being purchased by EMS at the end of last year.

The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series cars will have private practice at Phillip Island on Friday with official practice qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.