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Supercars rookie takes on Bathurst crew chief gig

MATT Stone Racing Supercars rookie Cameron Hill will switch roles at next month’s Bathurst 6 Hour.

Hill won the 2022 edition in spectacular fashion, charging from last to first in the BMW M2 Competition he shared with Tom Sargent.

But with the Canberran juggling life as a full-time Supercars driver and a semi-professional team owner, as well as Sargent now being based abroad as he contests Porsche Carrera Cup North America, Hill has a different gig for this year’s 6 Hour.

He will trade driving for crew chief duties on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X of Cameron Crick and Dean Campbell in the A1 class.

“Although I won’t be racing in the event this year, it’s exciting to link up with Dean and Cameron,” said Hill.

The 2022 Bathurst 6 Hour-winning entry of CHE Racing. Pic: Supplied

“When I last handled the strategy and engineering, our team got the Class D win in 2021 when Lachlan Mineeff partnered Tom Sargent.

“That was a lot of fun. It’s actually quite draining watching a timing screen for six hours!

“Dean and Cameron are a good pairing. I think for a top outright result we may need a little bit of rain to fall. The Evo certainly thrives in those conditions, while the BMWs can’t put the power down.

“You never know, it’s a long race and you’ve just got to be there at the end.”

Hill struck up a friendship with Crick, who is in his second season of Super2 at Eggleston Motorsport, when they came to terms on a car sale.

“Cam and I met when he bought my Toyota 86 race series car, we’ve been good friends ever since,” he said.

“We come from quite similar backgrounds; we’ve had to work hard to crawl our way up the ladder. I met Dean when they pitted next to us at last year’s 6 Hour, we had a lot of fun as neighbours.

“The 6 Hour is such a fun race to do, it’s basically the only major endurance race now where you and your mates can build a car in your garage, turn up to Bathurst and be competitive. Whatever the outcome, I know it will be a fun weekend.”

Dick Johnson Racing driver Anton De Pasquale was yesterday confirmed to return to the annual Easter event, running across April 7-9 this year.

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