HILL HEADS HOME AS BTCC ROLLS INTO BRANDS HATCH
Jake Hill is aiming to continue his winning fortunes as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads to his home circuit of Brands Hatch this weekend (14/15 May).
Hill and ROKiT MB Motorsport experienced every emotion possible during the season-opening event at Donington Park just three weeks ago.
After claiming his first outright BTCC pole position on Saturday, Hill found himself excluded from the results of the opening race after damage picked up at the chicane led his car to fail the post-race ride height check.
Sent to the very back of the grid for race two, the BRDC SuperStar stormed through the field in a comeback for the ages to climb to ninth place – gaining a remarkable 19 places throughout the 16-lap contest. Drawn in the reverse-grid selection, Hill then started the final race of the day back on the pole position spot. In a dominant performance, the 28-year-old won the race by 2.1 seconds alongside taking the fastest lap with a new lap record behind the wheel of his hybrid WSR-run BMW 330e M Sport.
A staple on the BTCC calendar, Brands Hatch Indy is also the shortest at just 1.21-miles in length. Drivers lap well below the 50-second mark and the circuit features some of the most iconic corners in British motorsport, such as Paddock Hill Bend and Druids. Hill has also enjoyed success there in the past – taking his first BTCC podium 2018, then again 2019 and 2020 with MB Motorsport.
Heading to Brands Hatch, Kent-based Hill is determined to put on a good performance in front of his home crowd.
“I’m so excited to head back to Brands Hatch,” said Hill. “I’m feeling really confident coming away from Donington and it’s always great to race at your home circuit. The Indy layout always gives us some good racing and I’m sure we’ll have some great battles out there this weekend. If we can carry on our performance from round one then we should be in for a good weekend all round.”
Coverage of the weekend’s action will be available across the ITV network – with Saturday’s qualifying available to watch online at itv.com/btcc from 1545. An action-packed schedule of racing will follow on Sunday – which will be live throughout the day on the ITV network – starting on ITV4 from 1100 before moving to ITV’s main channel at 1400 for races two and three. The day will conclude with ITV4 broadcasting the final support races from 1700.