Cameron McConville will make a surprise return to the Supercars Championship when he reunited with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for next weekend’s CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown round.

The 43-year-old raced for the team as a co-driver in last year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup, pairing up with Nick Percat – the pair finished an excellent third at the Bathurst 1000. His previous Supercars outings came as a solo driver in 2012.

McConville’s deal, which will see him race at Darwin and the subsequent Townsville 400 round, makes him the third different driver to pilot the backmarker outfit’s #3 Holden VF Commodore.

LDM has been struggling to find a full-time driver for its second car since its first choice, Matt Chahda, was refused a Superlicense by Australia’s regulatory body for motorsport (CAMS) in the pre-season.

The underfunded team has run Taz Douglas on a race-by-race basis since the start of the season, temporarily making way for Matthew Brabham at the Perth SuperSprint round.

McConville, a 328-race veteran, enjoys commercial backing from LDM’s major sponsor Repair Management Australia while contesting the Australian GT Endurance Championship.

“I always enjoy racing in Darwin, as every driver does, so when Lucas and (Repair Management Australia owner) Phil Munday asked me to jump in it wasn’t a big arm twist to be honest,” said McConville.

“I haven’t driven a Supercar since the Gold Coast, so I’m very realistic about my goal for the weekend.

“My plan is to dial back in during practice, provide some mentoring to Alex (Rullo) and finish all of the races.

“Although LDM is a small operation, they always punch above their weight,” he added. “I’ve known Lucas (Dumbrell) for a long time and Phil Munday even longer, so it’s a privilege to help them out and looking forward to assisting with their ongoing development.”

McConville’s experience will prove to be a useful barometer for the team’s 16-year-old rookie driver Alex Rullo, according to LDM team owner Lucas Dumbrell.

“Phil Munday and I got together and thought, ‘Who better than Cam to drive for us in the Repair Management Australia Commodore?’

“Not only is he experienced and fast but it would provide a benchmark for Alex who hasn’t even seen Hidden Valley Raceway.”

McConville will run a striking reliveried car, which he revealed on his Twitter page.

Image via LDM

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