Hill to test AmD Focus at Snetterton
20 year-old BRDC Rising Star Jake Hill will return to the driving seat in a BTCC car for the first time in 2014 this Tuesday at Dunlop's official test at Snetterton, when he samples AmD Tuning.com's Ford Focus.
Hill made a winning debut in the Jack Series Trophy class of the BTCC at Croft last year in Motorbase Performance's Ford Focus ST, then impressed at Brands Hatch in the series finale racing in the Exocet Racing Audi A4 with Rob Austin, and is working hard on a full-time return to the series.
"Shaun gave me my first ever run in a BTCC car back in 2011 when I shook down the S2000 Golf for him, and also supported me in my Ginetta GT Supercup campaign, so it's great that he has again gone out of his way to give me a run in the car," said Hill.
"Dave (Newsham) will drive most of the day - so a big thanks to him too for giving up some of the day for me - but I will get a decent run on Tuesday afternoon, so it's great to sample the car and remind everyone that I am here and as determined as ever to be part of the series.
AmD team boss Shaun Hollamby feels that Hill would be a worthy addition to the BTCC on a consistent basis.
"Jake has impressed me from the outset. He's still won more Ginetta Junior races than anyone and has won in pretty much every series he's been in. It's good to give young drivers a break, which is what we did in 2011. There's no doubt in my mind that Jake is one of the most promising young driver's in the country, as so often is the way it's all about budget, but I have no doubt if he's out there regularly he will doubtlessly succeed."
Hill missed out on a BTCC seat this season, despite being close to deals with two teams. He raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup season opener at Brands Hatch, finishing on the podium in both races, and has since taken part in four races in the Atom Cup, winning all of them.