Cameron Hill has become the first race winner of the Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, after a spirited race in the second round of the Australian series.
The ACT-based driver took advantage at the start and grabbed an early lead, and in spite of a mid-race Safety Car intervention, Hill held off a determined Nick McBride to win the first 19-lap race of the weekend.
From second on the grid, Hill jumped ahead of polesitter Dale Wood and built a small lead over McBride, surviving a restart to win by 1.1119s.
The Safety Car period on Lap 9 was caused when Indiran Padayachee spun off, allowing points leader Cooper Murray to close on the pair, though he could not find a way past the leaders.
In fact Murray, who dominated the first round of the series in Adelaide two weeks ago, had his hands full over the final three laps, holding off a determined David Wall.
Along with Wood, the former Porsche Carrera Cup champion went off-track in the opening laps but fought back strong to finish in fourth place, right behind the 18-year-old Murray.
Aaron Love finished in fifth place, ahead of Duvashen Padayachee, Harrison Jones and a recovering Wood, who earlier in the day lapped the 5.3km Albert Park Grand Prix circuit in 1:57.1130 to snatch pole position, ahead of Hill, McBride and Murray.
Making his first start in the series, Bathurst legend Craig Lowndes had a difficult day. The veteran driver started from 11th on the grid and gained early ground, running inside the top 10 before retiring with mechanical trouble.
In the Pro-Am class Porsche veterans Stephen Grove and Max Twigg fought out a close battle for honours, before Twigg dropped back, allowing Grove to take the win ahead of Roger Lago and Sam Shahin.
The flying Porsches will be back in action on Friday over 10 laps, with the race due to start at 2:55pm. There will be a further two races over the weekend, culminating in a 10-lap sprint on Sunday.
The Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 runs in Melbourne until Sunday. Book online and save up to $10* on AusGP Park Pass tickets before prices increase at the gate.