Since he was a young boy, Canberra’s Cameron Hill has been into car racing.
It all began with carts at nine years of age before he progressed to racing cars at age 17, before he was even old enough to hold a full drivers’ licence.
Cameron won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2015, and currently leads this season’s Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, having won six races in three rounds with three rounds to go.
However, he has always had a dream of racing in the Supercars Championship.
Now at 24 years of age, Cameron is on the verge of achieving his goal after signing with one of the major Supercars Championship teams, Triple Eight Race Engineering, as a development driver in the Super2 Series.
“Probably the majority of Supercars drivers have come through the Super2 category, especially in the past five years,” he says. ‘It’s the main support act for the Supercars and it’s where they source their talent.”
The Triple Eight Race Engineering team, also known as Red Bull Ampol Racing, boasts two of the leading drivers in the Supercars Championship: seven-time champion Jamie Whincup, and two-time champion Shane van Gisbergen, who won the 2021 title just last weekend.
“It’s pretty massive to be around drivers of that stature,” says Cameron. “Triple Eight is a class act and I’m keen to experience that environment.”
However, while his attention may have shifted to 2022, Cameron still has a job to do with the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, which features on the undercard of the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in early December.
While Cameron is excited to take the step up to the Super2 Series in 2022, it will present some challenges.
“There’s a big financial commitment,” he says. “I’m lucky I have some great local companies and businesses supporting me.”
Signing with the Super2 Series, which Cameron describes as being similar to US college football in its relationship to the NFL, means his Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series driving will come to an end.
“Committing to Super2 means I won’t have time and the ability to commit to the Porsche series as a driver, but our team will still be involved,” he says.
Cameron’s commitment to Triple Eight Race Engineering also curtails any plans to head overseas to race for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve made my decision to stay in Australia rather than head overseas,” he says.
Cameron’s dream is taking shape and it will take on a sense of reality when he fronts up for testing with the Triple Eight team in February 2022.