Jake Hill hopeful of securing AmD MG deal after Snetterton test

Jake Hill hopeful of securing AmD MG deal after Snetterton test

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Jake Hill is hopeful of returning to the British Touring Car Championship grid for the second half of 2018 in an AmD-run MG6 GT.

Hill, who split with Team HARD on the eve of the two-day in-season tyre test after citing disappointing results as key to his departure, then participated on the second day of running with Shaun Hollamby’s outfit.

That seat became available after the series’ last round at Croft three weeks ago, with the team electing to replace Tom Boardman for the second half of 2018.

Under the terms of their TOCA BTCC License (TBL), both AmD and Team HARD must find replacements to complete the full campaign and retain their entries.

Hill – who took his maiden podium finish in the category behind the wheel of the Volkswagen CC in a topsy-turvy race at Brands Hatch in April – previously raced an Audi S3 at the final event of 2015 with AmD.

“Over the moon with Shaun Hollamby and AmD for letting me take part in the test. The team were very professional and it was an absolute pleasure working with Rory Butcher as a team-mate,” said Hill.

“I really enjoyed driving the car and it was a massive step forward to what I’ve been driving – it was nice to just feel happy again.

“I felt positive with the car and the team straight away. I clicked with the car immediately, we made some changes and I found a big chunk of time. I was actually two tenths up on the next lap but nearly rolled the car by taking too much of the sausage kerbs!

“Overall, I loved it. It’s great to just focus on my job when I’m behind the wheel without the stresses and issues that we’re having off of it. I feel like I’ve delivered and hopefully we can work something out with Shaun and AmD for the rest of the year.”