In the 2022 Bathurst 1000 in his first year with the Matt Stone Racing team, Canberra driver Cameron Hill was a co-driver with Chris Pither.
He was in 12th place when he handed over to Chris, and there was an opportunity for a top 10 finish, but a power steering problem dented that dream and the car finished in 21st place.
This year, Cameron will be the primary driver in the Matt Stone Racing Car #35. Jaylyn Robotham will be his co-driver.
As the primary driver, there is the added responsibility to bring the car home strongly.
“I’m looking forward to it,” says Cameron. “I’m a little nervous. There is more responsibility as the primary driver.”
Cameron took on the new role in the Sandown 500. Jaylyn was his co-driver for that race.
A mechanical issue thwarted his aspirations yet despite the setback, he is confident the team can do well on Mount Panorama on 8 October.
“If we execute our race plan and the car holds together, there is no reason we can’t do well.”
Cameron is currently in 25th place on the Supercar driver’s standings.
There is added confidence, having just signed a multi-year contract extension with Matt Stone Racing until 2025.
Matt Stone said he was impressed with his progression in his first year.
“He has proven himself as a valuable asset to our team and has really become part of the family here.”
For his part, Cameron is happy to be settled in a Supercar team.
“To have a multi-year contract locked in is awesome. It’s really good for the mindset to know what the future holds,” he said.
“It will be good to have some runway in front of me to continue to climb up.”
The opportunities are apparent with the lead driver in the Matt Stone team, Jack Le Brocq, heading to Erebus Motorsport next season.
Stone Racing has recruited Nick Percat to take Le Brocq’s place, but the situation’s subtleties aren’t lost on Cameron.
He says, “Yes, I do feel like it’s an opportunity for me.”
For the moment, though, his focus is on this year’s Bathurst 1000 in his new role as the primary driver.
The Repco Bathurst 1000 runs from 5 to 8 October.