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Hill: ‘We won’t let Sunday define us’

AFTER being one of the Saturday standouts at the Thrifty Bathurst 500, Cameron Hill was brought back down to earth in a matter of moments.

Starting in the midfield following an interrupted Sunday qualifying, Hill’s hopes of repeating his Race 1 heroics were over before Turn 1 thanks to heavy contact in a startline incident with Richie Stanaway and Ryan Wood.

Hill managed to nurse home his wounded #4 Tyrepower Camaro in 23rd to scoop up valuable points, but it was a result in stark contrast to starting fourth and finishing fifth 24 hours earlier.

“Saturday was awesome, everything came together,” the second-year Matt Stone Racing driver reflected.

“It shows our potential. It was a big box to tick for me to be in the shootout and to complete a pretty good lap that stood up for a while. I had a very good race, I almost threw it away, but we managed to hold on and scoring a top five was really, really cool.

“Obviously it was about the highs and lows. It’s a game of inches and we had some dramas in (Sunday) qualifying leaving me to complete only one run, with my lap a tenth off putting me in the Shootout.

“That could have been so different when we got to the race where I tangled with someone before the first corner. The grid spacing is quite tight here at Bathurst and to be honest I didn’t know who hit me. It’s just one of those things.

Chaz Mostert leads the field while Cameron Hill is tangled up back in the pack. Pic: Nathan Wong

“We won’t let Sunday define us.

“The results on Saturday came from having 12 months in Supercars under my belt as I know the cars and processes better.

“Getting the extra seat time helped me get comfortable really quickly, so it’s all those one-percenters adding up. My intention is to maximise every opportunity that I get and I believe we did that Saturday.”

With teammate Nick Percat scoring a double top 10 at Mount Panorama, MSR is a lofty third in the teams’ championship as the focus turns to Albert Park.

Before then, Hill is set for a hero’s welcome back to his hometown of Canberra, with the nation’s capital to get a rare visit from a Supercar.

Hill and his Gen3 Chevy will head to Majura Park Shopping Centre for a meet-and-greet on Saturday morning before performing demonstration laps at this weekend’s Canberra Festival of Speed.

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