Team HARD retains Hill for 2018 BTCC campaign

Team HARD has announced that they have re-signed Jake Hill for the 2018 season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

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It will be the third consecutive season that the Kent driver has been with the team, where he took four top ten finishes in 2017.

Hill is the third of four drivers at Team HARD to be confirmed for 2018, following the return to the championship of 2017 Renault Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell, and VW Cup champion Bobby Thompson.

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“Last season we had some great pace, but our results didn’t really reflect just how competitive we really were,” said the 23-year-old. “So for 2018 I am really excited to be part of Team HARD Brisky Racing again. I can’t thank Tony, Gary, Kingsley and the guys enough for the faith they have shown in me, and for the opportunity to continue our journey together.

“With Geoff (Kingston) on board and seeing the impact he has already made, implementing several fairly major technical changes to the car, I know we will be in a really strong position to regularly challenge at the front.

“My friend and long-time supporter Richard Wheeler from Brisky Racing is an integral part of making this possible for me, and for helping things move forward with the team. Without him this simply wouldn’t be possible, I am hugely grateful for the faith he’s shown in me.

“Bobby (Thompson), Mike (Bushell) and I will work well together and push each other along,” concluded Hill. “Being paired with Mike to score team points leaves me confident we will be in the hunt for the Independent Teams’ title. I’m also eligible for the Jack Sears Trophy so will do everything I can to challenge for that honour, and of course the Independent Drivers’ championship.”

Team Principal, Tony Gilham, knows Hill’s strengths and was determined to retain his services for 2018.

“We have seen what Jake can do, and we wanted to use his experience and technical strength as well as outright pace to help us continue making progress,” he said. “It’s great to have continuity and Jake is part of the family here.

“The addition of Brisky Racing has seen us move forward. We already have some great people here, and a fantastic level of support for the team, so with the combination of Geoff’s input and Jake’s speed we are very confident that we will be in the mix right from the start of the season.”