Cameron Hill wins wild Toyota 86 race at SMP

Cameron Hill (centre) celebrates victory at Sydney Motorsport Park

Cameron Hill (centre) celebrates victory at Sydney Motorsport Park

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

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