Cam McConville to join Touring Car Masters grid in 2022
CAMERON McCONVILLE will join the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series from Round two at Sydney Motorsport Park, driving Ian Woodward’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS.
McConville will make his TCM debut at the end of the month after long prompting from former teammate and old mate John Bowe, who connected the Melbourne-based driver with the Queensland-based car owner as each looked for ways to join the grid this year.
The campaign will be supported by ACM Auto Parts, Zagame House and MSC Signs and is planned to encompass the remaining rounds of the 2022 season.
Woodward’s ‘Fataz Racing’ Camaro has been a race winner in TCM with Ryal Harris behind the wheel and has since been refurbished at its Queensland base.
The car will sport a distinctive black and white livery designed by Melbourne signage house, MSC Signs.
McConville will dovetail his TCM racing alongside his new role as Motorsport Manager for the Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport team, which fields cars in both Porsche Carrera Cup and Sprint Challenge this year.
McConville will join a highly competitive TCM field at Sydney that will not only include Bowe, but Steven Johnson, George Miedecke, Ryan Hansford, Marcus Zukanovic and a host of other key contenders.
Miedecke – also racing a Camaro – currently leads the series following his maiden victory in Sydney’s opening round.
Round 2 of the 2022 Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters series will be held at the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event at Sydney Motorsport Park on May 27-29.
All the SpeedSeries action will be broadcast live, Ad-break free and on demand by Stan Sport, with highlights across the Nine Network in the week following.
“About two months ago John Bowe connected me with Ian Woodward and started the conversation,” McConville said.
“Ian was keen to see his car on track and I was keen to race, but I was in the process of moving, starting the new role at PCM and it was crazy busy and it just didn’t look like it was going to happen.
“A month ago we reconnected and he told me how much he’d like to see the car back out there. I was able to put the package together with our sponsors and it all just flowed from there. It’s been fantastic.
“I’ve been looking at doing some racing for fun again for a while now and TCM is the perfect place to do it. I’m very grateful to Ian for trusting me with his car and for JB staying on my back and pushing to make it happen: he’s been instrumental in getting me back to racing.
“I’d be lying to say that I hadn’t missed it, but my focus was on the career and paying the bills.
“I’ve been very fortunate to connect with an old friend in Adam O’Sullivan, who is overseeing ACM Auto Parts. The timing was right for them, as they expand, to come on board as the major sponsor. They’ve just opened a new 19,000 square foot warehouse and they are dipping their toe in the water via Motorsport to promote what they are doing.
“Several of my old supporters, including Zagame House and MSC Signs have also come on board. The car is going to look fantastic.
“Ian is going to bring the car to Sydney Motorsport Park and run the car and we’ll go from there.
“We’re trying to get a test day in, but we’re all busy and getting track time is hard work so otherwise I’ll be wobbling around on Friday trying to get up to speed!
“I’m fortunate that my job at Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport allows me to do this and I think it will compliment my commitments to work and to the team.
“It’s something I am really looking forward to getting stuck in to. TCM is a great series with really good racing, and I know Ian’s Camaro has been very competitive.
“I think it will be a lot of fun and that’s the main thing for me. I can’t wait.”