Cameron Hill is thankful to have avoided more damage to his Southern Star Truck Centre/Anytime Fitness Porsche 911 after a high-speed spin in the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup race at Phillip Island today.
The Canberra racer qualified ninth, and was running in the lead pack before a minor error caused his car to rotate at the notoriously fast Hayshed corner on the fourth lap.
While Hill was able to re-join the circuit, the excursion dislodged his front splitter, and after a few laps battling chronic understeer, he elected to pit for repairs, resuming a couple of laps behind the rest of the field and finishing in 25th position.
“While we missed out on a result today, there were still positives to take out of the race,” Hill said.
“Firstly, I’m glad we avoided any more serious damage to the car, especially seeing as it’s just been rebuilt.
“Over the years, we’ve seen some massive shunts at the Hayshed but fortunately the gravel trap slowed my car down and prevented me crashing into the wall.
“Before the spin, my pace was good – I was happy with my qualifying performance, and in the race I was doing times on par with the main contenders.
“We also accumulated some more valuable track time, and were able to learn how the car performs over a long run – the plan will be to use that knowledge to our advantage in tomorrow’s race.
“Sometimes to find the limits, you have to push beyond them, which is what I did today – hopefully we can put on a show for everyone with a big charge through the field tomorrow,” Hill concluded.
The second Carrera Cup race is scheduled for 12:20 tomorrow.