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V8s return to the streets of Canberra

Canberran Repco Supercars Championship driver Cameron Hill thrilled motorsport fans in the nation’s capital last weekend by bringing his Tyrepower-supported Matt Stone Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the inaugural Festival of Speed.

Large crowds attended the event as Hill returned the sound of V8s to Canberra more than two decades since Supercars last held a race there.

The Canberra Festival of Speed capped off a mini week-long tour for Hill as he started by inspiring the next generation by visiting students in the Formula 1 in Schools program at Melba Copeland College, which also included the Potentia Racing team.

This was followed by a visit to Canberra Airport to film a special segment for a project to be released prior to the Australian Grand Prix, before launching the Festival of Speed on closed roads surrounding the picturesque area situated around the National Arboretum.

Hill conducted a signing session at the Majura Park Shopping Centre ahead of showing the Tyrepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Gen3 off around a closed circuit in Canberra during the Festival of Speed joining exotic road and race cars in performing runs.

“Huge media tour this week for us in the #4 Tyrepower Racing Chevrolet Camaro,” said Hill.

“We came straight from Bathurst — the car was a little bit battered and bruised after Sunday but the guys polished it up. It was an awesome week, we were able to do some cool activations with Canberra Airport, Supaglass Industries, Canberra Festival of Speed, and more.

“It’s just been fantastic to be able to catch up with so many of our local sponsors and fans. Not often we get an actual Supercar here, so hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to do it again in the future. I think some people this week may not have actually seen a Gen3 Supercar in the flesh before, so to give them that opportunity is really cool.

“To see the smiles on so many little and big kids’ faces has been great. I’m glad we were able to put this Canberra tour together.

“I have to thank Matt Stone Racing and all the team partners for bringing it together.”

Hill’s focus will now turn to the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 21-24.