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Tasman Series winner spearheading 12 Hour team

RISING talent Aaron Cameron has a personal training session to thank for his upcoming GT3 debut at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The 22-year-old already has plenty of runs on the board in his career, winning the 2021 S5000 Tasman Series title and establishing himself as a regular TCR Australia frontrunner.

Cameron has also tested a Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercar the past two years and represented Australia at the FIA Motorsport Games.

He’ll share an upgraded Mercedes AMG GT3 with Duvashen Padayachee, Marcel Zalloua and Sergio Pires, run by Tigani Motorsport and Valmont Racing.

The latter three teamed up at last year’s 12 Hour, taking pole position in the amateur class.

This time around with Cameron onboard, they’ll be entered in the silver class.

“It’s pretty cool to be getting ready for the Bathurst 12 Hour and my first ever race in a GT3 car,” said Cameron.

“I’ve been working towards this for a few years now, with two 12 Hour starts in a MARC car, but this will be a whole new level.

The #44 Tigani/Valmont Mercedes AMG GT3. Pic: Supplied

“I couldn’t think of a better car to slip into the GT3 scene with, everyone I’ve talked to has said the Mercedes is quite a driver friendly car.

“There isn’t a better team to do it with either, the operation that’s started up at Tigani Motorsport recently is progressing really well and importantly it’s a good bunch of people that just enjoy their racing.

“It’s funny how it came about actually, I hadn’t really talked much with anyone on the team, but Duvashen has the same personal trainer as I do.

“I was halfway through a session with my PT, and he mentioned that Duvashen was doing the 12 Hour and they were looking for another driver, and now here we are.”

For Pires, Bathurst shapes as a sooner-than-expected comeback from a broken collarbone suffered at the Adelaide 500.

“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of emotion since Adelaide,” he said.

Pic: Supplied

“When I thought initially that I wasn’t going to be able to do the 12 Hour I was pretty upset, and it put into perspective how much I actually loved to go racing.

“A lot of people have been asking me if the incident put me off at all, but if anything it’s made me even hungrier to get back behind the wheel.

“These sorts of things are part of the sport and up to this point I’d had a pretty good run.

“I have one last scan on the 16th of January which will hopefully give me the all clear to go racing. All the signs are that I’m healing up a bit quicker than expected so I’m feeling confident.”

Less than a month remains until the Mount Panorama event, with race day falling on February 5.

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