HILL WINS JACK SEARS TROPHY AND DUNLOP FOREVER FORWARD AWARD IN DONINGTON PARK THRILLER
After being relegated to the back of the 32-car grid in qualifying, Trade Price Cars Brisky Racing driver Jake Hill demonstrated superb race craft and determination, charging up to a remarkable 17th place in race one, topping this with a drive from 22nd on the grid in to finish 10th in the day’s final race, and with it take the Jack Sears Trophy along with the Dunlop #ForeverForward award for most overtakes over the three races.
A ride-height infringement during Saturday’s wet qualifying saw Hill’s times disallowed whilst 10th on the grid, the team subsequently working hard to ensure he had a strong car for the three races - all which turned out to be dry.
“Of course it was hugely frustrating to lose the qualifying times, but my engineers and I sat down and worked out a set-up for the races, and my focus was on keeping out of trouble and finishing as well as possible in race one”
Some daring overtakes - all captured by ITV4 HD’s ‘on-board’ cameras - and dramas for other drivers saw Hill quickly up to P18, then a battle with Jordan’s BMW, then passing Nash’s Honda on the final lap resulted in a hard-earned 17th.
“The plan worked - I kept out of trouble, had a couple of good battles, and we are making progress” smiled Hill.
Starting 17th on the ‘Option’ hard Dunlop SportMaxx tyre for race two, a number of fierce battles, some braking issues and the tyre losing performance meant Hill was frustrated to finish 22nd, but pleased he was still in contention.
“We struggled a bit in that one, the ‘Hard’ tyre was ok initially and we were on for a possible P12, but the performance dropped off so quickly, I got pushed off line and lost a load of time, but at least we finished in sensible shape”
Hill Wins Independent Class and Takes Debut Podium in Brands BTCC Thriller
In a frantic and thrilling Dunlop MSA British Touring Car race two at Brands Hatch, BRDC ‘Rising Star’ Jake Hill ‘rolled the dice’ and took the decision to put ‘slick’ dry weather tyres on, gambling on a drying track, a gamble which resulted in tTrade Price Cars Brisky Racing’s 24 year-old star driver charging from 25th on the grid to a career-best Podium finish.
The opening weekend of the 60th Anniversary season of the UK’s premier motorsport season provided three different winners in three races, and in race two all three drivers took their debut podiums…arguably the happiest and most unpredictable result, and a huge turnaround for Hill and his team after a tough race one.
Hill ready for BTCC Brands Hatch opener
Based at Goudhurst just 20 miles from Brands Hatch, 24 year-old BRDC ‘Rising Star’ Jake Hill completed further useful mileage at his local circuit Brands Hatch today, in the final official pre-season test on board his Trade Price Cars Brisky Racing VW CC 2018 Edition just a week before the opening round of the 2018 BTCC Series.
During the morning session, Hill instantly recorded strong times, within a few laps moving into the top-three when all the cars were on track, just 0.1 seconds away from the fastest time, this whilst all the cars were running on ‘old’ tyres.
"Jake is one of UK Motorsport’s brightest young prospects"
- Matt James - Editor - Motorsport News