"I have had a busy few weeks" smiles Jake Hill. "First the drama of starting on Pole and winning the race on the road at Oulton Park, then a great test here a couple of weeks ago, and a truly dramatic win with my friend Rob Fenn at the Silverstone Classic last weekend! So I am really looking forward to this weekend, and especially to be welcoming a fantastic new partner, race car transporter manufacturers Racetruck."
Hampshire-based Racetruck offer a bespoke solution for the modern-day racer. Combining an ingenious design, offering ample garage space in the rear, with day and night accommodation at the front. A Race car transporter that has ‘no need to tow’.
To find out more visit: https://www.racetruck.co.uk
Managing Director Ian Knight, a racer himself, sums up why Racetruck had decided to invite Jake to become their Brand Ambassador, and the value he could see in a partnership with Jake and Trade Price Cars Racing in the Kwik Fit BTCC.
“Although we are a new company we have a lot of experience through our other business in the world of motorsport, and as a racer myself feel I understand what my fellow racers would value in this type of vehicle. BTCC is the ideal way of increasing awareness of our brand and product, and in Jake we feel we have one of the best young talents in the sport to represent us.”
AKFS sister companies, Racetruck logo will be seen on Hill’s #24 Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3, and Racetruck will also be at most of the remaining BTCC meetings for potential customers to view.
“Jake has been on a roll lately!" said Knight. "Hopefully we will be part of even more strong results with him. This is a partnership that we are excited to see how it develops - like our business I suppose - over the coming years. Racetruck are all about quality and innovation, and we are confident we have the right partnership to reflect this."
You can see the practice and qualifying live on ITV on Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th August.
In a busy qualifying session for Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, 25 year-old Jake Hill said he was 'slightly frustrated' with his P14 on the grid, after small issues and a Red Flag hampered his session
Hill had shown strong pace in both practice sessions, taking P9 and P10 and feeling that the team had got a strong set-up for qualifying.
As the #24 Audi S3 hit the track for qualifying, it was immediately apparent there was something not quite right with the brakes, hence the team quickly rectified the issue, sending Hill out with minimal time lost.
As Hill started his first 'flying' lap, the first sector time indicated a very strong lap was on the cards, only for the session to be Red Flagged - something of a trend in 2019 - and Hill's lap aborted.
"I am certain the track was at it's quickest early on. We had a minor issue which was quickly sorted by the team, and then the lap I was on was really strong. Of course then I had taken the best out of my tyres, AND the track had got slower so it wasn't possible to improve my time"
Another run on a scrubbed set of tyres saw traffic restrict any further progress, but Hill positive for Sunday's races.
"We've had a good balance all day - qualifying was a case of 'nearly' but the Trade Price Cars Racing crew are doing an amazing job, so I'm confident we'll be ok on Sunday."
Hill will compete in his 100th BTCC race in race two on Sunday, and is hugely proud to have hit this milestone.
"Wow what an achievement! Lots of wonderful people have helped make this possible, so I am determined to make this a good one. It's going to be interesting with all three tyre compounds being used across three races - it just highlights how innovative BTCC continues to be"
Tune in to ITV4HD at 10.45 and enjoy the BTCC action - Race one at 11.30am - Race Two at 14.15pm - Race Three at 17.15pm