Relentless Crick takes top spot in Winton SuperUtes round
Just over 3 years ago, Cameron Crick took part in his first ever car-racing event, as part of the inaugural Toyota 86 Racing Series, at the historic Winton Motor Raceway. This past weekend, the 21-year old from Camden returned to Winton, this time as a part of the ECB SuperUtes Series, and left with a number of other firsts. Crick dominated much of the weekend, claiming pole position in Qualifying, taking out the win in Race One before continuing to place up the pointy end of the field throughout the weekend to secure his first round win as part of the ECB SuperUtes Series.
Cricks haul did not come without adversity, as the Team Triton Racing entry ran into several challenges throughout the weekend.
“Obviously with the new wheel and tyre package everyone was starting from scratch and just figuring out how we needed to change the setup of the car. The team did a great job giving us a good package from the start of the weekend and we kept that pace throughout”, Crick stated.
After finishing 3rd and 2nd in Practice 1 and 2 respectively, Crick’s rapid qualifying lap of 1:39.85 was not only good enough to start Race 1 in 1st position, but was nearly 4-seconds faster than the SuperUtes lap record from 2018, in what was a positive step for the developing series.
A strong start in Race 1 saw Crick gain an early lead which he never relinquished, as he fended off an early charge from Ben Walsh to gap the field and claim his maiden race victory by over 7-seconds. Starting 11th for a reverse-grid start in Race 2, Crick started strong once again and set about moving through the field. Crick was as high as 6th position before getting tangled with Gerard Maggs, an impact which sent the #7 Total Tools entry spinning into the outfield, and Crick found himself sitting in 12th position.
Rather than giving in, Crick was able to zone in and began a furious charge through the field in a mad 6-lap dash which saw the 21-year old vault all the way up to 4th position by the races conclusion. Despite starting from the rear of the grid and his early collision, Crick would amazingly finish just over 7-seconds behind the first-placed Ryal Harris. This resilient performance would prove crucial, as Crick’s 4th place in Race 2 meant the Camden-based racer would start Race 3 from pole position.
Crick’s advantage however would soon be snatched away, as he was turned by Ryal Harris on the run to Turn 3. For the second time in as many races, Crick was relegated to the back of the field after finding himself in a strong position to contest for the race win. Crick’s never-say-die attitude was once again on display as he set about finishing off his breakthrough weekend with a bang.
Picking off several spots at the end of the first lap, a major crash in turn 2 gave Crick the chance to restart after a safety car in 6th position, for a one lap dash to the finish line. Crick used this chance to once again work through the field and made his way to 3rd position as he crossed the chequered flag, securing victory for the round. In a landmark victory for the 21-year old, Crick was elated with what the team had gone through to get to this point.
“It’s already been such a tough season, we’ve battled mechanical issues in Adelaide and Perth but whenever we had the Triton on track we’ve been fast enough to compete at the top. But we work so hard day-in day-out and it’s so rewarding to be on top of that podium!”, Crick shared.
The ECB SuperUtes will return to action at Townsville between July 5-7.
Cameron Crick Racing and Team Triton would like to thank all partners and fans for their loyalty and support throughout the weekend.