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The sweet and sour side to MSR’s AGP heroics

THE final lap of the Melbourne SuperSprint provided the ultimate blend of highs and lows for Matt Stone Racing.

Moments before Nick Percat crossed the line on Sunday to deliver MSR its second Supercars Championship race win, the sister Camaro of Cameron Hill was taken out while running eighth on the last lap.

With teams’ championship progress in MSR boss Matt Stone’s sights, minimising the loss of points has been a major focus for the Yatala outfit this year.

This was a dent to the tune of 45 points, without which MSR would be heading to Taupō second in the live pitlane order (taking into consideration the points subsequently gained by Grove Racing’s Richie Stanaway and Matt Payne moving up the classification).

But fourth it is, with rookie Ryan Wood’s manoeuvre punished by a 30-second penalty.

While still a memorable day for MSR, Hill’s misfortune made for a sense of bittersweetness.

“Our biggest goal behind the scenes is teams’ championship and where we sit in pitlane, and then obviously drivers’ championship,” Stone told V8 Sleuth.

“We copped a big hit in that with Cam sitting in eighth. Him getting taken out in that amateur-ness at the end there really cost us some good points and cost Cam a bit in the championship.

“So we’re not very happy about that, but we won a race and we’re absolutely thrilled for the team and Nick. But it was a shame to lose those points and a shame for Cam to get taken out like that.”

Cameron Hill. Pic: Supplied

Hill lamented a weekend that didn’t go his way, having also had run-ins with Thomas Randle and Mark Winterbottom in earlier races.

“A few guys out there probably need to practice using their brakes,” said the Canberran.

“I’m really proud of our team; congratulations to Nick for getting the win, it’s very cool to see. He’s obviously been through a rough patch and good to see he’s got his mojo back.

“On the Car #4 side, we’ll bounce back – next up is New Zealand, really looking forward to getting over there.

“I’ll try to stay clear of any black cats and ladders between now and then.”

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