6-Hour winners recognised in National Motor Racing Museum
THE RECORD-BREAKING winners of the 2022 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour have been forever immortalised in Mount Panorama history, ahead of the 2023 edition of Bathurst’s biggest enduro.
Thomas Sargent and Cameron Hill today received their winners plaque from Bathurst Mayor, Cr. Robert Taylor.
The plaque will be immortalised in the winners walk of fame outside the National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama, in the shadow of the iconic Peter Brock statue, alongside existing Bathurst 6, 12 and 24-hour winners.
Meanwhile, the 2022-winning BMW M2 competition has been entered into display in the museum where it will be on show for the next year.
The car is the first 6-hour winner to join the collection and will take pride of place alongside a treasure trove of iconic cars and memorabilia, including winners of the Bathurst 12 Hour, 24 Hour and Bathurst 1000.
The BMW is unique in that it is the only car to win a major Bathurst enduro having started last: Hill and Sargent charging from 63rd on the grid to win the 2022 race last Easter.
Sargent will be a spectator this weekend, while Hill will be in a team management role in the six-hour itself.
Action at the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour commences this Friday with practice, with Saturday and Sunday’s action to be streamed live on Stan Sport – with additional Saturday coverage on the Nine Network. Tickets are also available at the gate this weekend.
“What a race, what a weekend and what a lead up: It’s unbelievable to this day to look back on what we did – and to think that the car didn’t run until a week before the event. To be as fast as we were, to have the success that we did and to win from last was unreal and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life for sure.
“I hadn’t driven with Cam before but I’d worked with him closely for four years. To team up with him was great and everything he’d taught me we put into practice. To do what we did was awesome – a lot of people came together to make this car and make it happen.
“To be able to drive this car in here this morning and park it alongside all these historic cars is special. This will be on display for the next year and we’d love for people to come down and have a look at it.
“I was out this morning looking at where the plaque would go – to know your name will be alongside some significant names to this place is very special to say the least.”
“It’s quite surreal to reflect back on the end of the race last year. it was where the fairy-tale all came together for us – but we had to go out there and race. Tim (Slade) was a long way up the road but I knew we had a good car beneath us and it was a pretty cool moment.
“It’s so cool to see the car that Tom and I drove in and amongst all these amazing race cars with all this history. It’s pretty special to us being the car we built and raced but it’s great to have other people appreciate it as well.
“It’s unbelievably special to have my name for the history books. It’s something you dream of as a kid, racing at Bathurst, and to win here is very very cool.”