MSR duo charge forward in Taupo finale

Cameron Hill and Nick Percat charged forward in the final Supercars race at Taupo after a topsy-turvy New Zealand round.

Hill put on a solid drive with good tyre life to progress from 17th on the grid to 11th after the chequered flag on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Canberran qualified in the top five, the best of the Chevrolet Camaros, and earned his second Top 10 Shootout berth of the season.

While he was running in the top 10 during Saturday race, Hill got caught up in a pit lane incident which unravelled the potential of a decent result.

Percat in the Bendix Racing Camaro left the Taupo weekend feeling like it was one that got away, but also managed to make up positions in Sunday’s race.

Puzzled after qualifying 24th, the #10 Camaro worked its way up to 16th at the end of Race 8 on Sunday.

Percat holds onto 6th in the Drivers’ Championship, while Hill collected a few more points and is 16th ahead of Round 4 in Perth.


Cameron Hill – Driver of #4:

“It was an awesome weekend, we had a really good time coming to a new track and seeing so many fans. Up and down weekend, we had some pretty good speed being in the Top 10 Shootout on Saturday but that was followed by a tough race. We got caught up in some pit lane shenanigans. Sunday’s race, didn’t quite nail qualifying coming out of 17th but had a good race car and managed to claw my way up. We were in and around the top 10 and ended up P11. Very happy with that. Thanks to Supaglass Industries for jumping onboard for this weekend and the whole Matt Stone Racing crew for giving me an awesome car.”

Nick Percat – Driver of #10:“Probably one that got away a little bit. Car was fast in today’s race on Sunday; too many driver errors in qualifying cost us a decent shot at it. Thankfully the car has come back straight again. We’ll re-group and get ready for Perth. It was an awesome fight out there today, we went from 24th to 16th with some big battles along the way. Probably just a little bit tough around here to get momentum in the race from the back, especially with the tyre life and bits and pieces like that. I had an epic race with Davison and Frosty pretty much from start to finish — all three of us probably wish we were further up. Looking forward to going to Perth soon and getting the Bendix Racing car back up the front.”