** Pole man Hill wins Race One at Townsville - "I had the perfect race"
** Largest winning margin in T86RS history
** Vernon and Seton round out top three
Cameron Hill has sent an ominous warning to his rivals in the Toyota 86 Racing Series (T86RS), after a dominant victory in race one at Townsville's Reid Park circuit, to go with his scintillating pole lap earlier in the day. Quickest in both practice sessions and qualifying, Hill completed a lights-to-flag victory 13.2 seconds ahead of second place-getter and series leader Jimmy Vernon, and Aaron Seton in third.
For most drivers in the 29 strong field, this was their first race on the 2.86km Townsville street circuit. Invited drivers and seasoned V8 competitors, Alex Davison and Dean Canto finished in 7th and 11th respectively.
While Hill set the pace from the front, the race from behind was full of wheel-to-wheel battles over the incident free 12-lap race. Aaron Cameron showed his intent, jumping five positions from 17th on the grid to a 12th place finish.
Race winner Cameron Hill commented, "We had the perfect race. I got the jump at the start of the race while Jimmy Vernon and Aaron Seton were battling behind me. I put my head down and focused on quality laps in the in order to get the big gap."
Second place Jimmy Vernon also commented on the race, "I got a great start at Phillip Island and I wanted to continue that form today - I actually got a similar start to Cameron Hill's Townsville journey so far. Cameron was flying out there and credit to him. He has the car working to the limits and we need to do a bit of work tonight in order to reclaim number one tomorrow."
Race Two and Race Three of the Toyota 86 Racing Series are taking place tomorrow, Sunday, 9 July at 8:20am and 12:10pm respectively. The races will be broadcast on Fox Sport 5 and Fox Sports 5 HD.
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THE TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES
The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $125,000.
Open to variants of Toyota's cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
In 2017 the Toyota 86 Racing Series will run over five events: Phillip Island 500 (April 21-23), Townsville 400 (July 7-9), Sydney SuperSprint (August 18-20), Bathurst 1000 (October 5-8) and Newcastle 500 (November 24-26).
For regular updates and more information go to https://toyota.com.au/86/racing-series
In 2017, Toyota marks the 60th anniversary of its first international motorsport entry (and the first by a Japanese car manufacturer), when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship (WRC), World Endurance Championship (WEC) which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia's premier grassroots circuit-racing category.
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