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Maybe third time lucky for Hill

01:07 AM 09 Dec 2007 NZDT
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For the third time in four years, Penfield reinsman Wayne Hill will represent South Australia at the Australasian Young Drivers Championship, to be conducted during the 2008 Watpac Inter Dominion Carnival in Victoria next year.

Hill earned his right to wear the state colours for a third time after finishing 20 wins ahead of his sister Danielle in the SA Young Drivers premiership during the 2006-2007 season.

Danielle Hill is the only other South Australian driver to attend the Young Drivers Championship in the past four years.

The Australasian Young Drivers Championship is fought out by 10 of the best junior reinsman under the age of 25, with a representative from each state of Australia, three from New Zealand plus the defending Champion.

Wayne Hill turned 25 last week however he is still eligible to compete as he was below the required age at the start of the racing season.

Amazingly Tasmania has been the most successful state in the Championship since its inception under the current format in 1993. Apple Isle reinsman have won the title on five occasions, including three of the last five years.

No South Australian has finished at the top of the rankings, with Danielle Hill (2006) and Gary Buckley (2001) getting the closest by both finishing as the runner-up. Wayne Hill will be hoping to change that and build on his previous placings of ninth (2005) and eighth (2007).

It is only the second time the Australasian Young Drivers Championship has been conducted in Victoria, although they did hold the initial heats of the Tasmanian Series in 2006.

The 2008 Championship will be held between February 20 and 23 at Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo and Moonee Valley.

Neal Conder, HRSA

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