Cameron Hill was born with racing in his blood.
He grew up on the track, watching his father Colin play crew chief on the National Sports Sedan scene for seasoned professionals and former champions including Terry Shiel, Keith Carling and Neil McFadyen.
One of his earliest memories was being in the grandstand, watching the cars rip around the track. There was smoke, it was loud, and he could taste the raw smell of fuel. He remembers the scene as being full of nervous tension and palpable excitement.
Cam is humble about his success but ask him questions about the driving, and his eyes light up and his voice rises to confirm the sheer excitement of it all.
On the track he means business. And when he’s on that start line it’s just him and the car. That’s when the adrenalin takes over, and the glory of winning a race gets him over that finish line.
Cameron Hill loves racing. Pure and simple.
‘It is indeed a pleasure for me to endorse Cameron Hill’s credentials as perhaps Australia’s most exciting racing driver prospect in recent years. I have watched him race & I believe he has all the attributes to make a successful professional career as a racing driver. Any driver who can dominate a National Australian series (Formula Ford) the way Cameron has this year has serious natural talent. I wish Cameron all the best for the future.’
Alan Webber – Father of Formula 1 star Mark Webber
‘Cameron came to my attention this year, whilst racing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship against my wife Leanne. His natural speed and race craft was immediately evident, but the thing that struck me most was the work he did out of the car, his own personal preparation and ensuring that all the little 1%-ers were taken care of prior to getting in the car and then going about decimating the opposition. I am sure Cameron has the ability and determination to get to the top in motorsport should he get the support he deserves.’
Garth Tander – V8 Supercar Champion, Holden Racing Team
‘When it comes to athletes that inspire as “people”, it’s usually an athlete or a team that has had to battle to achieve success – Eighteen-year-old Cameron Hill is a case in point.’
Tim Gavel – ABC Sports Commentator
It became clear early on that Cam had talent, and the excited look on his face when the 2 stroke engine on the lawnmower started up was enough to give his family cause to send him to the karting track.
In 2005, at the age of nine, Cameron started his Karting career, racing competitively in the midget/cadet class at a state level across the east coast of Australia. He was driving a Dino chassis.
In 2008 he graduated to the Rookies class, switching to a Top-Kart chassis and taking out the South Australian State title.
The big wins continued over the next few years. In 2012, he won the National Pro Junior (KF3) Australian Championship, following in the footsteps of current Australian drivers including Tim Slade (V8 Supercars), Neil McFadyen – (Aust. Driver Champion), Michael Caruso (V8 Supercars) and Ryan Briscoe (Indy Cars). Cam also competed overseas in the Las Vegas Supernationals (2013) against an elite group of factory teams, and former F1 and Indy Car drivers.
2014 saw him switch from karts to racing cars and Cam competed in the National Formula Ford Series as a privateer. He earned a spot on the podium in only his 4th round, and after a year fraught with mechanical issues and many unfinished races, Cam ended the season in sixth place and won the Privateer’s Cup.
His Rookie season in Formula Ford was followed by sheer domination of the 2015 series, Cam winning 12 out of the 18 races making him the seventh most successful Formula Ford driver of all time.
The first round at Sandown saw Cam take his first race win in style, becoming the first privateer team in more than a decade to win a National Formula Ford race.
Cam dominated the third round at Winton raceway, capturing his first pole position and winning all three races.
The fourth round at Sydney Motorsport Park in July, also saw Cam dominate by taking the round win with three race wins, pole position and the lap record.
The final round of the Championship was at Wakefield Park with Cam needing only seven points to secure the title. Cam started strong taking pole position and then lead all three races from start to finish, securing another round win along with the 2015 Australian National Formula Ford Championship.
In 2016 Cam progressed to the brand-new Toyota 86 Racing Series, winning the first five races in a row against a field of more than 35 rivals. Cam grabbed two pole positions and set the lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park in Round 2 of the series. The middle of the 2016 season saw Cam hit a bit of a rough patch, but he managed to regain his mementum and finish the season in third overall for the series.
Cam returned to the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2017 again displaying his driving ability by qualifying on pole position and setting the lap record in the season-opener at Phillip Island. Cam went on to take a clean sweep of pole positions joining a select club of drivers to claim pole position for every single round of an Australian motorsport series. Cam claimed three clean sweeps wining all races at Townsville, Sydney Motorsport Park and Newcastle. Race 1 at Townsville saw Cam set another series record with a 13 second victory in the race, the most comprehensive winning margin ever seen in the category.
Round 5 at Newcastle was Cam’s last in the Toyota 86 Series; statistically, his tally of seven pole positions and 13 race wins cements him as the most successful driver in the category since its inception. This season alone, he scored five pole positions, eight race wins and 10 fastest laps.
2018 saw Cameron move into the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship. The team took delivery of their brand-new Porsche Cup car in February.
In the opening round of the season at the Adelaide 500, Cameron qualified a respectable ninth in his series debut. After being forced to take evasive action to avoid a spinning car in Race 1 he fell to sixteenth. He recovered to eighth in Race 2 and ninth in Race 3, finishing a solid ninth for the weekend. Cameron again qualified ninth in Round 2 at the Australian Grand Prix, but disaster struck at the start of the opening race, when he stalled on the grid and was collected from behind. Cameron’s Porsche sustained extensive damage, and required a complete re-shell. Not to be discouraged, Cameron’s team worked around the clock to complete the rebuild in time for the next round at Phillip Island.
Round 4 of the series was held at Hidden Valley, and Cameron demonstrated his improvements in speed by qualifying fourth. He finished a solid sixth in Race 1 and was on target for another good result in Race 2 before a penalty for a Safety Car restart infringement dropped him to sixteenth, and a damaged radiator put him out of Race 3. Round 5 was at a track where Cameron had done plenty of laps, Sydney Motorsport Park and he again qualified in the top 5. In the races, he was involved in some exciting wheel-to-wheel battles and was able to finish both inside the top six. Cameron also finished ninth in the Australia v Asia special race.
Tailem Bend saw Cameron put in another stout performance, showing really strong race pace on his way to sixth in the long-distance Race 1, and backing up with seventh and eighth in the other two races. Unlike a lot of the other teams, Cameron had not tested at the brand-new track prior to the event, and rated it as his personal-best performance of the season
Australia’s most famous racing event, the Bathurst 1000, was the scene for the penultimate round and in qualifying, Cameron had his first experience driving a Porsche in wet conditions, he ended up the session tenth fastest. The track dried for the races and Cameron immediately set about making up positions finishing Race 1 in fourth place. He scored two more fourth-place finishes in Races 2 and 3, and his consistency enabled him to finished third for the round.
The final round of the season was held at the Gold Coast 600, and Cameron looked set to complete the season on a high note after finishing seventh in Race 1. Unfortunately, he grazed the wall while attempting to overtake another car in Race 2, and in Race 3 he came from the rear of the field to fifteenth on a circuit with very limited overtaking opportunities.
Cameron finished ninth in the final Carrera Cup standings, a fine recovery after his tough start to the season left him a lowly twentieth after the first four rounds. With the learning year out of the way, he will carry strong momentum into 2019.
From the very beginning it’s been a family affair, and from his first days on the kart track the team has been self-supported.
Members of the family and close friends all have an integral part in the engineering, logistics, data analysis and marketing to facilitate Cam to do his bit on the track.
And then there are the grandparents, the cousins and the school friends who turn up to support Cam through the highs and lows.
9th outright Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship.
2nd overall Toyota 86 Racing Series.
3rd overall Toyota 86 Racing Series.
Australian National Formula Ford Series Champion.
Graduated into the Australian Formula Ford Series, taking the big step to move from karting into cars. Finished 6th overall in the series and Top Privateer of the Year.
Graduates to seniors and competes in Pro Gearbox (KZ) category, the pinnacle of karting in Australia and around the World. Mid season switch to Energy Chassis see improvement on already impressive form in a debut season. Finishes the year competing at the Las Vegas Supernationals racing against the top drivers in the world.
Las Vegas Supernationals KZ2 15th
CIK Stars of Karting Championship KZ2 12th overall.
A break out season with the Top-Kart team, dominating the Pro Junior (KFJ) class winning two state championships and winning the CIK Stars of Karting championship and becoming national champion. Has an unsuccessful Junior Rotax campaign struggling with a under performing kart package.
KF3 Australian National Champion
KF3 Queensland State Champion
KF3 Victorian State Champion
CIK Stars of Karting Round 2, 3, 5 Winner KF3
CIK Stars of Karting Runner Up Round 4
Queensland State Titles – 4th JMax
Rotax Pro Tour Albury – 4th JMax
Stepping up to Junior Rotax and Pro junior (KFJ) categories again with the Top-Kart team. Endured a tough season coming to terms with the new formulas, but shows potential and becomes more competitive towards the end of the season
CIK Stars of Karting Championship KFJ 6th Overall
Queensland State Titles – 2nd JMax
New South Wales State Titles – 3rd JMax
Rotax Pro Tour Canberra 2nd – JMax
Moving up to the Junior categories competing in the Junior national light class, continuing the partnership with Top-Kart, enduring a strong year, competing a fair portion of the seasons racing in Victoria.
Queensland State Titles – 3rd JNL
New South Wales State Titles – 3rd Jnr Clubman
Victorian All Stars Series Champion JNL
Junior Sprint Classic – 2nd JNL
City Of Melbourne – 3rd JNL
Golden Jubilee Metropolitan Titles – 3rd JNL
Continuing with the Kart 1 Top kart team, Another strong year with many victories and another state title.
New South Wales State Champion Rookies
Premier State Cup Series Champion Rookies
SKRC Club Champion Rookies
SKRC Overall Junior Club Champion
City Of Sydney – 1st Rookies
Brian Farley Memorial – 1st Rookies
Newcastle City Cup – 2nd Rookies
Graduating to the Rookies class, struggles for pace at the beginning of the season before switching to a Top-Kart chassis and rewarded with solid results including a state championship win.
South Australian State Champion Rookies
Premier State Cup – Rookies 3rd overall
Newcastle City Cup – 1st Rookies
City of Sydney – 1st Rookies
Begins Karting career, racing competitively in the midget/cadet class at a state level across the east coast of Australia. Driving a Dino chassis