TRIPLE EIGHT PROTEGE SCORES BATHURST 1000 CO-DRIVE

Chris Pither and Cameron Hill. Pic: Supplied

PremiAir Racing has made its first co-driver appointment for its Repco Bathurst 1000 debut, securing the services of Cameron Hill.

After losing out to Triple Eight Super2 teammate Declan Fraser in the race to partner Craig Lowndes in a Supercheap Auto wildcard, Hill emerged as the favourite to join PremiAir having tested with the team at Queensland Raceway.

That relationship has now been confirmed, with Hill locked in as Chris Pither’s co-driver in the #22 Coca-Cola Commodore.

The Canberran has made a fine start to his rookie Super2 campaign, holding second in the points, after last year winning the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia title.

He’s already tasted success at The Mountain this year, winning the Bathurst 6 Hour with Thomas Sargent.

“This will be my first main game race, and what better way to make my debut,” Hill said.

Hill in Triple Eight colours

“While it may be my first time at Bathurst in a Supercar, I’ve got plenty of laps under my belt, having recently won the Bathurst 6 Hour after starting 60th due to a technical infringement. I’ve also raced in the Bathurst 12 Hour, in Carrera Cup, and the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

“For me, this is going to be an incredible experience, and I’m looking forward to being on The Mountain. Hopefully, between Chris and I we can achieve a great result.”

PremiAir team principal Matt Cook has seen first-hand what Hill can do, having worked alongside him earlier this year before leaving his post as Triple Eight Super2 team manager at the start of May.

“We are very excited to have Cam coming onboard with Chris to co-drive the PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing Supercar,” said Cook.

“Cam currently drives for Triple Eight Race Engineering in Super2 and our cars are Triple Eight cars, so the transition should be pretty seamless for him and we are hoping he can do some big things here with us.”

Hill and Pither

Pither, who finished fourth in the 2017 Great Race, spoke highly of Hill.

“It’s very hard to get your first opportunity in the Supercars Championship,” said the 2018 Super2 title winner.

“Cam’s been going well in Super2, this year, so he deserves the opportunity.

“Racing in the Bathurst 1000 for the first time is a special experience, I look forward to sharing with him. I know he’ll do a great job.”

Hill will get more laps in the ZB Commodore at a test day on Tuesday (August 9) at QR.

PremiAir is yet to announce who will partner James Golding in the #31 Subway entry.

Beyond the upcoming test, there will be an additional driver practice on the Friday (August 19) of the Sandown SuperSprint.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at as a journalist at Supercars.com and editor of Speedcafe.com.