While Cameron Hill made an impact in his Super Car debut in the 2022 Bathurst 1000, it wasn’t the sole reason behind securing a full-time contract.
Born into a racing family, the sport has been his focus from the age of nine when he began kart racing. By the time he was 17 and racing in the Formula Ford series, Cameron realised it was all he wanted to do.
Cameron has since accumulated an impressive CV, including winning the Bathurst 6 Hour event for production cars.
By the time he drove onto Mount Panorama in a PremiAir Commodore for the Bathurst 1000, he was ready for that moment.
His performance proved he could match it with some of the biggest names in Australian motor racing.
“I felt as though I held my own,” Cameron says. “It showed that I could do it.”
His confidence paid dividends, securing a full-time contract with the Matt Stone Racing Team in one of two Chevrolet Camaro entries alongside Jack Le Brocq.
He becomes Canberra’s first Super Car driver since Dale Brede in 2004.
At 26 and seemingly with a lifetime of motor racing experience behind him, Cameron believes he’s ready for the next stage in his career.
“It’s the big league racing against the big name drivers 12 race weekends a year. I’m keen to make an impact.”
Cameron has been working in the family business preparing race cars for teams. He’ll continue to work in the family workshop but his time will be divided.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have them backing me,” he says. “Going full-time means I can spend more time preparing myself with fitness, on the simulator and spending more time behind the wheel.”
With the new car currently under construction, he will get his first opportunity in the driver’s seat of the Chevrolet Camaro in late January and early February. And there are changes ahead.
“The Gen3 regulations come into effect in 2023. The cars will be lighter because they want the engines to be more efficient. There will be a slight power drop.”
The first race of the Super Car season in March looms as a challenge on the street circuit in Newcastle. “It’s not the easiest track to make your debut,” he says.
The series then heads to Melbourne as the support race to the Formula One Grand Prix.
At this stage, Cameron has a one-year deal with Matt Stone Racing with an option to renew.
Like any contract in sport, it will depend on performance and results.
But he’s determined to make it work.