Former V8 Supercars journeyman Cameron McConville has been appointed as the V8 Supercars Championship’s new Driving Standards Observer, replacing Tomas Mezera in the role.
McConville has served in a similar capacity for the championship’s support race categories – such as the Formula Ford, Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge series’ – while also dovetailing this with occasional V8 Utes ad Development Series outings, while also serving as an endurance race co-driver for the Holden Racing Team.
But the appointment means McConville will no longer be able to drive in any V8 Supercars categories given the obvious conflict of interest such dual roles would create.
“It wasn’t easy to walk away from more than a decade in V8 Supercars as a driver but I feel this is the right move into a new direction within the sport,” he said in today’s announcement.
“I have been acting as a DSO for the past three years or so with other categories and this has allowed me to learn what this role requires.
“I really enjoy working in race control and although it’s quite a stressful environment it has a lot of similarities to the pressures of a race car.
“I’m enormously grateful for the privilege of having a long career behind the wheel at the highest level, now I’m excited by the next chapter and looking forward to new challenges.”
Having made a one-off appearance as the DSO at last year’s Winton 300, McConville’s full-time debut will come at the season-opening Clipsal 500 on the first weekend of March.