Cameron Hill wins wild Toyota 86 race at SMP
Cameron Hill remains unbeaten in the Toyota 86 Racing Series after winning an action-packed opening race at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Hill jumped well from pole position and drove away to a three-second victory in the nine-lap journey.
Will Brown made his way from fourth to second by the halfway mark, but was never a threat to Hill, who swept the season opener at Winton.
Aaron Seton finished third after initially dropping a position to sixth off the start.
Seton quickly recovered before going on to pass David Sieders for third with two laps remaining.
The third-generation racer dived inside Sieders at Turn 2, and managed to successfully round up the V8 Utes series leader despite the pair touching through Turn 3.
Sieders faded to sixth by the end, behind team-mate Tim Brook and Brian Hilton Motorsport’s Josh Hunter.
The encounter provided plenty of incident further down the field.
Drew Ridge spun himself out at the fast Turn 1 while attempting to pass and then avoid Ben Grice, who swerved across the track on Lap 3.
Several cars darted to the grass somehow avoiding a monumental accident in the ensuing dust cloud.
Jon McCorkindale and Adam Gowans, however, were not so lucky three laps later at Turn 6.
McCorkindale had got loose attempting to pass Jake Klein, and with Dean Canto just behind and unable to avoid contact, car #69 was turned into a spin.
Gowans then arrived on the scene and couldn’t clear McCorkindale, instead making violent contact with the Dial Before You Dig entry, which took both cars out of the running.
Both made their way off the track, avoiding the need for a Safety Car intervention and allowing Hill to a romp to a fourth race win from four.
Earlier in qualifying, Frank Mezzatesta’s weekend came to an untimely end when he made heavy contact with the wall on the run to the final corners.
Races 2 and 3 will be held tomorrow from 1020 and 1215 (local time) respectively.
Result: Toyota 86 Racing Series Race 1
|1||Illawarra Toyota / Hino||Cameron Hill||Toyota 86||9||16:36.0141|
|2||Cars Galore Toowoomba||William Brown||Toyota 86||9||16:39.2911|
|3||Sci-Fleet Hino||Aaron Seton||Toyota 86||9||16:42.0383|
|4||Sieders Racing Team||Tim Brook||Toyota 86||9||16:42.5069|
|5||Castrol / Brian Hilton M’sport||Josh Hunter||Toyota 86||9||16:45.4226|
|6||Sieders Racing Team||David Sieders||Toyota 86||9||16:46.3669|
|7||Brian Hilton Motorsport||Luke King||Toyota 86||9||16:51.7930|
|8||Aisin Australia Pty Ltd||Ben Grice||Toyota 86||9||16:51.8169|
|9||Synergy Motor Sport / X-Force||Trent Grubel||Toyota 86||9||16:52.4203|
|10||PK Transport||Jake Klein||Toyota 86||9||16:53.1721|
|11||Toyota Racing Australia||Dean Canto||Toyota 86||9||16:53.5966|
|12||Toyota Racing Australia||Steve Owen||Toyota 86||9||16:53.9389|
|13||Toyota Racing Australia||Cameron McConville||Toyota 86||9||16:54.7007|
|14||Gulson Racing / GH Sheetmetal||Dylan Gulson||Toyota 86||9||16:54.9199|
|15||Ultimate Karting Sydney||Cameron Crick||Toyota 86||9||16:58.0551|
|16||MDR Motorsport||Haydn Clark||Toyota 86||9||17:00.9058|
|17||Brian Hilton M’sport/Ikon Sign||Drew Ridge||Toyota 86||9||17:01.5041|
|18||Crunkenslide Racing||Duncan Harrison||Toyota 86||9||17:03.3413|
|19||Baxter-Smith Racing||Kane Baxter-Smith||Toyota 86||9||17:05.9513|
|20||Deagle Motor Sports||Lachlan Deagle||Toyota 86||9||17:06.2024|
|21||GaP Solutions / Sektor||John Goodacre||Toyota 86||9||17:07.9527|
|22||MBC Civil / AGI Roll Cages||Nicholas Filipetto||Toyota 86||9||17:08.4310|
|23||Damon Strongman Racing||Damon Strongman||Toyota 86||9||17:10.8575|
|24||Simon James Motorsport||Simon Samoilenko||Toyota 86||9||17:13.3853|
|25||Tempest Solution/Pastro Custom||Zach Loscialpo||Toyota 86||9||17:14.6287|
|26||M1 Racing / Lismore Toyota||Michael Fabri||Toyota 86||9||17:15.1651|
|27||Enzotech Motorsport||Callum Jones||Toyota 86||9||17:17.1203|
|28||Hazard Solutions||Graham Smith||Toyota 86||9||17:18.9409|
|29||Manley Motorsport||Christopher Manley||Toyota 86||9||17:19.0384|
|30||Think Motorsport||Bradley Glasson||Toyota 86||9||17:20.7332|
|31||Hydraulink Hose & Fittings||James Wilkins||Toyota 86||9||17:20.8799|
|32||Property Bugs/Raceline M’sport||Daniel Rein Ooi||Toyota 86||9||17:48.3596|
|DNF||Eastern Creek I’nat Karting||Garry Holt||Toyota 86||7||14:03.5009|
|DNF||Dial Befoire You Dig||Jon McCorkindale||Toyota 86||5||9:26.2297|
|DNF||Valvoline Gowans Racing||Adam Gowans||Toyota 86||5||9:27.4739|
|DNF||WBT (Worlds Best Technology)||Gerard Maggs||Toyota 86||4||7:45.2585|
|DNF||Top Gear on Wentworth||John Iafolla||Toyota 86||1||2:39.7311|