28 September 2020

Jake Hill secures more points at Silverstone

By Road Runner
Jake Hill at Silverstone
The sixth round of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) took place at Silverstone, the home of British motor racing.

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Jake Hill took points in all three races, having yet-again qualified in the top-ten.

This saw him move up in both the overall Championship and the Independent Driver’s Series.

Having started P10, Jake moved up quickly to P9, with the BRDC ‘Superstar’ making a superb re-start after a Safety Car to remove Creese’s car and swept around the Ford Focus of Jackson and up to P8.

Following huge pressure from Matt Neal to the flag – having also gained a place when Oliphant dropped out – Jake crossed the line in a hard-fought P7 in race one.

He said: “The car was fantastic. We are struggling with some straight-line pace, and this is a track that doesn’t really suit us, so to have made the progress we did and hold off Matt [Neal] was mega.”

Starting race two at P7, Hill immediately gained a place as Butcher was pushed wide by Sutton, who also lost time, Hill then passing Sutton the following lap, now up to P5.

With 24kg of success ballast, a late lunge from a fellow driver saw a spinout, with Jake suffering damaged suspension and lost time, which resulted in a drop to P8.

Hill said: “The car was awesome through left-handers but horrible through right-handers after that! I was pleased to hold off Ollie (Jackson) and take some more points.”

In the reverse-grid draw Hill would start P3, behind Oliphant and Jackson, and at the start held position and was battling hard with Josh Cook’s Honda.

The race was then stopped following a huge crash – luckily the driver walked away. Following the restart, Jake immediately dropped a position, and as the laps unfolded, he struggled to maintain pace, dropping out of the points and finishing race three in P15.

Hill reflected on an eventful BTCC weekend:

“Taking points in all-three races and qualifying in the top-ten again was great though. So proud of my crew. As always, they worked so hard and I have now moved up to P10 overall and P6 in the Independent’s class, so some real positives there.”

Jake’s standing after 6 races:
BTCC Championship table:

Position: 10th
Points: 104

Independent Drivers Series table:

Position: 6th
Points: 147


The next round of the BTCC will take place at Croft on 10-11 October.

Road Runner Motor Trade Insurance is proud to sponsor Jake Hill in the British Touring Car Championship.

Photography credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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