Big Steps Forward for Hill in Darwin Opener


Cameron Hill has paid tribute to his family-run team, after recording personal-best results in qualifying and Race 1, Round 4 of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup at Hidden Valley today.

Hill qualified his Porsche 911 fourth-fastest, and the news became even better when another driver was penalised, elevating him to third on the grid for the race.

Hill admitted his main priority in the race was self-preservation and adopted a conservative approach on the opening lap, but was still able to bring his Southern Star Truck Centre/Anytime Fitness/Baxx Australia/Fizzical Porsche home in sixth position.

“After practice yesterday and the first stage of qualifying today, I had an understanding of what to expect from the car on new tyres, so I had a crack when we went onto the second tyre set half-way through the session,” Hill said.

“There was probably even more in it, but the red flag came out and prevented us from improving further.

“In the race, I just wanted to keep it on the track and bring home a result for the team; after the dramas we’ve had in the last two rounds, it was important to keep it on the tarmac and finish in one piece.

“I lost a few positions on the opening lap because other drivers were playing for keeps, but once I settled into a groove, our pace was strong.

“It wasn’t without its challenges – there was a drink bottle problem which was causing the system to spray me with hot water, but I maintained my focus and was able to overtake a couple of cars in the second half of the race.

“Most importantly, I completed every lap and accumulated some good data for the team – we have some useful information to fine-tune the car and my driving technique for tomorrow’s two races.”

Race 2 of Carrera Cup will be held at 8:45 tomorrow morning, with Race 3 at 12:00 (9:15am and 12:30pm for those in the Eastern states).