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Jake Hill takes 9th Place at Oulton Park - written by Simon Hill
In his first BTCC race at Oulton Park, 22 year-old Jake Hill showed why he is part of the BRDC Rising Stars programme with a storming drive in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at the picturesque Oulton Park in Cheshire, taking the RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis from 26th on the grid to a best-ever 9th place.
Qualifying saw the top 22 cars covered by less than one second, with Hill ahead of race winners Mat Jackson and Adam Morgan in 17th place, and electing to use the soft compound Dunlop tyre for the opening race. Another strong start saw Hill immediately battling with Jeff Smith, passing him and then pulling off strong pass on Aiden Moffat.
After passing Rob Collard, Hill continued fighting with Jack Goff losing out late on but gaining back the place when Ashley Sutton’s MG ran wide, finishing a hard-fought 13th.
“The team have given me a really well-balanced car, the best it’s been all year. Another good start and a strong race so very happy to have scored more points” smiled Jake.
Starting 13th Hill immediately passed Abbott and was holding station into the Island Hairpin when Rob Austin slammed into the back of Hill, lifting the car clean off the ground, damaging the exhaust and bumper and forcing Hill to pit the No.24 machine for repairs.
Initially the team retired the car, but managed to repair the exhaust and send Hill charging back into the race, gaining a couple of places late on due to others misfortune.
“Great start then that hit from Rob ruined our race - he got given 2 penalty points for that. We should have been in the top ten now we’re 26th so we will just have to charge now!”
A determined opening lap saw Hill cross the line in 18th place - passing car after car then catching and passing Ollie Jackson and Warren Scott and up to 16th in just three laps.
When Hill’s team-mate Epps retired he moved into the points positions and soon caught and passed Depper’s Honda so was then closing on the battling pack which comprised everyone from 2nd to 13th place in one long line of battling British Touring Cars.
The final few laps saw Hill running faster than leader Matt Neal and now in the mix, so as Mat Jackson, Dan Lloyd and Aron Smith tangled and Gordon Shedden retired with a puncture Hill was now in the top ten! Starting the final lap a superbly judged move saw Hill pass Adam Morgan’s Mercedes into Old Hall and then catch the pack, crossing the line almost alongside Andrew Jordan in a remarkable 9th overall, and 3rd Independent Driver!
“Oh my word that was incredible! The car was mega and I had one of those races where everything worked. The pass on Adam at the end was the best part, and I got SO close to passing Jordan on the line. 9th is also my best-ever BTCC finish - two more points finishes - but it means so much to have finished on a high after some tough races. A huge thanks to everyone at RCIB Insurance Racing and of course all my partners and supporters - we now go to Croft next which where I made my BTCC debut so can’t wait!”
Rounds 13 - 15 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship from Croft is 19th June and will be shown LIVE on ITV4 with qualifying on 18th June live on itv.com
Dickie Meaden joins Team Omologato®
A motoring journalist and racer for over 20 years, Dickie is one of the founder members of the Evo team, a former editor, and current columnist.
He made his race debut in 1993, and since then has raced in various one-make series with Ginetta, Vauxhall, Renault and Porsche, and has competed in the Nurburgring 24 since 2006.
In 2007 and 2008 Dickie competed in Pike Peak International Hill Climb and in 2011 set a new world record for a production sedan at Bonneville Speed Week… in a Skoda Octavia vRS. The speed? 227.08 mph!
Dickie continues to race and will be involved with Team Omologato® as an ambassador for the brand as well as joining in with the events that we will be hosting over the coming year.
Nathalie McGloin not so happy with PCGB Championship round 2 Silverstone
Written by Nathalie
Today was the second round of the new season in the Porsche Club Championship in the Omologato Cayman. To be completely honest, I was defeated before I'd even started. After a difficult test day on Friday, I'd convinced myself I'd be slow in the races. I've ordered a part for my car that makes the steering lighter, but unfortunately it couldn't be fitted until after the Silverstone round. On Friday during testing, all of my excuses were based around not having this pump, which was massively unhelpful.
We stiffened up the suspension during testing on Friday and the car felt much more settled. But during race one today, I couldn't cope with the load through the wheel with the harder suspension. It was just too heavy and completely knocked my confidence. I qualified a disappointing 18th and finished 15th in race one but purely through inherited places through other driver's retirements. I was not happy but worse than that, I came out of the race blaming my boyfriend Andrew and the advice he'd given me on Saturday for my poor performance. I was ready to go home and give up. Fortunately, I had enough support there today to convince me otherwise. My mechanic John had already decided that we would soften up the suspension again to make the steering a bit lighter. Andrew took all of the abuse I threw at him. Then my friend Tom gave me a good talking to telling me that racing wasn't supposed to be easy, that all experience was good experience and that if I threw the towel in at any sign of trouble then I wouldn't get anywhere. Through gritted teeth, I got back in the car for race two.
Race two was much better. The softer suspension made the wheel easier to handle. I had some good battles with some class two drivers and managed to make some positive overtaking moves and made up a place. Unfortunately, just as I was gaining confidence, I had a problem with the throttle rod of the hand control sticking which meant I couldn't get any acceleration out of right hand corners until the car had straightened up. I lost the place I'd made up and my lap times increased by 10 seconds. I kept going until the end but I was massively frustrated.
All in all, I'm pretty disappointed with myself this weekend. Racing is full of ups and downs but I need to handle the lows with a little more maturity in the future. Massive thanks to everyone who supported me today to get me back in the car for race two. I'm lucky to have a team around me who I'm able to trust and rely on. The next round is in two weeks at Donington, my favourite circuit and I've decided I'm going to enjoy every minute of it regardless of what happens.
Best of British - Shelsley Walsh
This weekend we attended our first Hill Climb event at Shelsley Walsh. It was a beautifully warm day in the Malvern Hills with attendance hitting close to 3,000 people! Cars adapted for the event ranged from a Nissan Micra to modified Ferraris and Porsches.
For more details on the next events at Shelsley Walsh, simply click HERE
The Racing Chrono 24 SS goes on sale
We've added the new Racing Chrono 24 SS to our range. The robust stainless steel case enhances the already beautiful watch with its elegant silver contrast.
This watch arrives in stock in July and only 100 of these are being made. Available now to pre-order for £249 plus p&p
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