Jake Hill takes maiden BTCC victory
TradePriceCars.com’s Jake Hill has taken his first Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship victory after producing a lights-to-flag display in the final encounter at Knockhill. Hill’s success was also the first for the Audi S3 in the BTCC as the Kent driver became the tenth different race winner in the 2019 season so far.
“It was a pleasure to have such a quick car beneath me,” said race winner Hill. “It was the first time I led for a restart in the BTCC. It’s the monkey off my back now and I wanted to win so badly. On the last lap I just misjudged it by a few millimetres and hit the gravel. I kept my foot in and held it!
“I can’t describe how good this result is for AmD and TradePriceCars.com. I’m overwhelmed. This win is for little Arlo Tordoff. I’m thinking of you Sam and Georgie.”
Hill drove commandingly throughout the race as he kept BTC Racing’s Josh Cook at arms length, whilst Mac Tools with Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan completed the podium positions after he got the better of Jason Plato.
Morgan’s Mercedes A Class and Plato’s Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall had been inseparable for much of the day and the former eventually made his move stick through the chicane following an early restart. BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley followed suit as he grabbed fourth in the stealth grey Honda Civic Type R.
Tom Ingram (Team Toyota GB with Ginsters), Dan Cammish (Halfords Yuasa Racing) and Tom Chilton (Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher) relegated Plato further down the order, with Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat finishing behind them in ninth – the result being particularly important for championship chasing Cammish.
The title picture has been completely blown open on a dramatic day in Scotland as championship leader Colin Turkington spun out of the second contest, before BMW stablemate Andrew Jordan was forced into retirement in race three after collecting the spinning Subaru of Senna Proctor.
Turkington recovered brilliantly in the final bout to take tenth, leaving him with a ten point advantage in the standings over Jordan, with Cammish only a point further back.
2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Round 24 – Knockhill
1 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com 27 laps
2 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +1.107s
3 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +2.253s
4 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +2.751s
5 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +7.601s
6 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +10.361s
7 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +10.987s
8 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +11.664s
9 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +12.588s
10 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +13.209s
11 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +14.650s
12 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +15.303s
13 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +16.004s
14 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +16.080s
15 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +17.421s
16 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +18.071s
17 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +18.554s
18 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +18.883s
19 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +20.524s
20 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +21.742s
21 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +21.962s
22 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +22.334s
23 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +23.652s
24 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +24.930s
25 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +25.770s
26 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +2 laps
27 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +12 laps
28 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +26 laps
29 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +27 laps
30 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +27 laps