A brilliant start in Race 3 has enabled Cameron Hill to finish fifth overall in Round 5 of the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia at Townsville this weekend.
Starting sixth on the grid based on his Race 1 finishing position, a slow start saw Hill slipping back to eighth in Race 2.
In Race 3, a rapid launch and some skilful race-craft allowed Hill to overtake four cars on the first lap; he settled into fourth position, which he held until the chequered flag to secure his best race result for the weekend.
While the Townsville event did not reach the lofty heights of the previous round in Darwin, Hill said he was pleased with how the team responded to the challenges the encountered throughout the event.
“When we hit the track, the car wasn’t immediately as competitive as it was when we rolled it out of the truck in Darwin,” Hill said.
“On a street circuit, the grip level normally increases, as more race rubber is laid down on the circuit. This weekend, we had some strange weather conditions and the track never had as much grip as we expected, so the car was quite a handful in the early sessions.
“We progressively tuned it, and by Race 3 it was quite good, but by then our tyres were well past their best and I had to drive defensively in the closing laps.
“Considering the base from which we started the weekend, to come away with an overall top-five finish is not a bad outcome.”
Importantly, Hill also closed on the lead of the Porsche Michelin Junior Series – this will be decided in the next round at The Bend in August, with the leading junior driver receiving entry into the Porsche International Scholarship Shootout in Europe, where drivers from all over the world compete head-to-head for a position in Porsche’s factory-supported junior programme.
“An entry into the Porsche Scholarship Shootout would be a massive opportunity for me, so we’ll be working very hard to ensure we have the best possible package to fight for victory at The Bend,” Hill said.
Round Results Summary
Race 1: 6th
Race 2: 8th
Race 3: 4th
Top 10 Championship Points
1. Dale Wood – 724
2. Warren Luff – 541
3. Nick McBride – 530
4. Michael Almond – 525
5. Jordan Love – 523
6. David Wall – 521
7. Cameron Hill – 494
8. Cooper Murray – 406
9. Thomas Maxwell – 312
10. Duvashen Padayachee – 246