To start the story of this season we have to rewind back to April 2017. I came over to work for DPO as they built their Ford Focus RS Mk3 to defend the Bathurst 6hr crown, which we came painfully close to doing with a brand new, previously un-raced car. The following week was the Supercars round at Phillip Island... so naturally the plan was to go down, scout around and check out some of the series on offer in support as I looked for my next driver move - namely the Toyota 86 Racing Series.
On the Monday as I was making plans to head down from Sydney, it turned out a cousin of Gerry's (the relative I'd been staying with) was a crew chief on one of the cars, so it made sense to set up a time to come and meet and chat T86RS. It was during that phone call I was told they weren't going as the driver (Kane Baxter-Smith's) wife had just gone into labour - prompting the question, "so you need a driver?"
What followed was not just a frantic series of calls to arrange licence visas, insurance...
Sydney based British racer, Cam Walton wrapped up his rookie season in the Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series with a ninth-place finish in the championship.
Walton endured a difficult weekend in Newcastle after differential failure in practice before finding the limits of the tough street circuit in qualifying. The tough start to the event left him to start from the rear of the grid for the first race of the weekend on a track that is notoriously difficult to pass on.
The 26-year-old from Mid Sussex showed his fighting spirit and hustled his car through the highly competitive 32 car field to finish 17th in race one in pursuit of salvaging a good result for the weekend. Race two, while pushing his way towards the top ten, Walton made contact with a fellow competitor, putting both drivers out of the race. The incident saw Walton penalised, and he once again started the final race of the year from the rear of the grid before again fighting his way back up to finish 17th in the final race of...
Sydney based British racer, Cam Walton is aiming for a strong finish to his first full season of racing here in Australia.
In his debut season in the Toyota 86 Racing Series, Walton is proud that he currently sits in fifth place in the championship, still mathematically in the title fight as the series enters its final round on the streets of Newcastle.
"We've learnt a lot this year, so we'll be celebrating what we've achieved and enjoying our final round whatever happens," said Walton.
"The growth we've made as a team and individually, I feel especially myself as a driver, has really come through recently so we're confident coming into Newcastle that we can be somewhere near the pointy end again."
"Our experience as a team and my experience of driving at the Townsville street circuit earlier this year will definitely boost us."
"Even though the Newcastle layout is notoriously difficult, street circuits are a bit more of a known quantity now, and from looking at the track it looks like it's...
A pair of finishes just outside the top 5 and the fastest lap is what Sydney based British driver Cam Walton walked away with after his debut Bathurst appearance in the 38 car Toyota 86 Racing Series.
Walton was just glad to finish the weekend with a straight car and a bag of points after a challenging weekend weather-wise as he was forced to learn the circuit in extremely inclement conditions.
“It was pretty tricky, they sort of threw us into the deep end on Thursday and Friday it was incredibly wet,” Walton explained.
Walton took a sensible approach over the early course of the weekend, which paid dividends later in the weekend when he challenged for a podium place in Races 2 and 3.
“It’s difficult to learn a track when you’ve never been here in the dry and it is soaking wet. Definitely, I took it a bit conservative during the practice sessions and I took a bit of time to build up to it, there were a lot of people going off and it’s easy to put it in the wall, finishing your weekend or s...
Sydney based British racer, Cam Walton is looking forward to his return to Bathurst, however, this time making his debut as a driver.
The Toyota 86 Racing Series racer first came to Australia in 2017 as an Engineer to help with DPO Racing with their Ford Focus RS for their Bathurst 6 Hour campaign. It was that trip that sparked his interest in Australian motorsport, laying the foundation for this year.
"My first experience of Australian motorsport was at Bathurst for the 6 Hour last year building and running the brand new for 2017 DPO Focus RS Mk3," said Walton.
"I knew about Bathurst already as it's such an iconic track in Australian motorsport, known internationally for the 1000 and 12 Hour, so the choice to come over then was a no-brainer for me, but having visited Mount Panorama I knew I had to come back and race there myself."
"Coming to a circuit with such history and motorsport heritage attached to it is a special thing. I had similar feelings to when I visited Spa Francorchamps in...