Hill wins fourth straight Carrera Cup race
Sunday 9th May, 2021 - 2:36pm
Cameron Hill has continued his 2021 blitz, taking his fourth consecutive Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia race win.
Hill narrowly led home Harri Jones in the 20-lap endurance affair, the duo keeping ahead of madness behind them.
Hill and Jones had tussled through the first several corners of the race, with the former eventually getting the upper hand in a decisive moment.
He would then keep his cool through two Safety Car restarts to take the chequered flag first.
“It was an extremely hard 45 minutes,” said Hill.
“Five laps in a knew I would have to manage the car, I had to drive really straight, no mistakes, couple of restarts to spice it up as well, but just really happy to come away with the win.
“Harri was stronger than me in sector three, I was a bit stronger in sector two, so I just had to not make any mistakes and a couple of times we had to go side-by-side, but we gave each other some good racing room, it was really cool racing.”
South Australian youngster Max Vidau took third place, having stayed out of trouble.
David Wall was fourth, ahead of a hard-charging Matt Payne, whose Earl Bamber Motorsport crew had worked until 04:00 this morning to repair his Porsche following a crash yesterday.
Luke Youlden was sixth, following a last-lap coming together at Turn 7 with Nick McBride for the final podium place.
McBride lost even more ground, plummeting to 23rd.
That incident had come with the pack bunched up due to a last-lap restart after Aaron Love had triggered a late Safety Car with a spin into the gravel trap.
Craig Lowndes recovered to seventh after being bumped wide by Love earlier in the race.
Dale Wood took the flag eighth but has now been classified 13th after making contact with Michael Almond during an eventful final lap.
That penalty promoted Cooper Murray to eighth, Jackson Walls to ninth, and Christian Pancione to 10th.
Geoff Emery was 14th outright and took the Pro-Am class win.
“My start wasn’t the best, Dean Cook ran past me on the outside and gave me a bit of work to do, but I just put some solid lap times in and watched it all happen around me,” he said.
“Once the Safety Car bunch the field up, I had all the Pros in both mirrors trying to pass me, with Sam [Shahin] right behind me too, so it was a really tough finish.”
The final Carrera Cup race of the weekend will start at 14:25 local time (14:55 AEST).
Carrera Cup results: Race 2 at The Bend
|Pos||Car||Driver||Class||Laps||Race Time||Fastest Lap|
|1||111||Cameron Hill (ACT)||Mobil Pro||20||41:41.2588||1:52.4503|
|2||12||Harri Jones (QLD)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||20||41:41.4965||1:52.4825|
|3||72||Max Vidau (SA)||Mobil Pro||20||41:42.8127||1:52.3695|
|4||38||David Wall (NSW)||Mobil Pro||20||41:43.3469||1:52.0569*|
|5||21||Matthew Payne (NZ)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||20||41:43.8474||1:52.5303|
|6||28||Luke Youlden (QLD)||Mobil Pro||20||41:44.9655||1:52.4047|
|7||338||Craig Lowndes (QLD)||Mobil Pro||20||41:45.9206||1:52.6561|
|8||100||Dale Wood (VIC)||Mobil Pro||20||41:47.4816||1:52.4533|
|9||36||Cooper Murray (VIC)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||20||41:47.5654||1:52.7400|
|10||11||Jackson Walls (NSW)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||20||41:48.5555||1:52.7800|
|11||76||Christian Pancione (VIC)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||20||41:48.8891||1:52.8416|
|12||777||Simon Fallon (VIC)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||20||41:49.9545||1:52.7254|
|13||77||Michael Almond (SA)||Mobil Pro||20||41:50.1498||1:52.2892|
|14||48||Geoff Emery (VIC)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:50.5122||1:54.9564|
|15||13||Sam Shahin (SA)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:50.7664||1:54.0613|
|16||74||Ben Stack (VIC)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:51.1605||1:55.3998|
|17||7||Tim Miles (NSW)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:51.9932||1:56.0921|
|18||22||Dean Cook (VIC)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:52.6611||1:54.6011|
|19||86||Drew Hall (QLD)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:53.1679||1:56.2408|
|20||222||Scott Taylor (QLD)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:53.3843||1:55.9804|
|21||9||Marc Cini (VIC)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:55.1541||1:57.9531|
|22||35||Indiran Padayachee (NSW)||Morris Finance Pro Am||20||41:55.4861||1:57.6116|
|23||8||Nick McBride (VIC)||Mobil Pro||20||42:04.2808||1:52.3560|
|DNF||78||Aaron Love (WA)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||18||40:10.5676||1:52.3310|
|DNF||20||Adrian Flack (QLD)||Morris Finance Pro Am||5||11:03.8473||1:54.1903|