Jake Hill announces departure from Team HARD

Jake Hill announces departure from Team HARD

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Jake Hill has quit British Touring Car Championship outfit Team HARD with immediate effect.

The 24-year old made his full time switch to the series with Tony Gilham’s outfit back in 2016, but has cited disappointment with current results as the reason for his departure.

He scored his maiden podium in the BTCC in a dramatic middle contest at Brands Hatch back in April, but has piloted the Volkswagen CC to just two further points finishes since.

It leaves Team HARD with a conundrum, with the team required to field 4 cars for the remainder of the campaign in order to satisfy their TBL (TOCA BTCC License) requirements.

The only other seat on the grid is the second AmD-run MG6 GT after the Essex-based team recently parted company with Tom Boardman.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but I feel that I have to look at all options right now,” said Hill to Autosport.

“I have been disappointed with the results this year despite the hard work the team has put in, but it is not just the on-track situations that have made me think again, there are several other factors.

“I will be discussing my next move with my loyal backers.”

Team Principal Tony Gilham said he was “discussing this situation with the team, sponsors and everyone involved and we will be announcing in due course what the future situation will be.

“But, right now, I still have Jake under contract.

“I have put a lot of time and money into Jake’s career over the last few season and without our support, he would not have been able to make a full-time switch to the BTCC, which is something I think he would openly admit.”

The next round of the championship takes place at Snetterton (300) over the weekend of July 28-29.