Trade Price Cars Racing’s Jake Hill says he will go “full attack” from reverse-grid pole position for the third British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park, despite admitting he feels like an “underdog” surrounded by such strong opposition.
The Kent racer has enjoyed a strong weekend so far at the Cheshire circuit, and was drawn onto pole position after finishing 12th in the second contest.
He will line-up alongside three-time champion Matt Neal, with fellow Honda racer Josh Cook and double Jason Plato on the row behind.
Hill told TouringCars.Net his AmD Tuning-run machine was undergoing what he hopes will be “race-winning adjustments” to try to give him the best chance at a maiden series victory.
“We’re just trying to make some race-winning adjustments! There’s no other word for it, we’re going full attack with the car, trying to make it the best it possibly could be.
“Obviously we have the helping hand of having the Hondas nextdoor so we have that data to go from and they’ve had a strong day.
“So hopefully with no weight on and hopefully the best car we’ll have all day, we can try and do something with it.”
With major setup changes made to his Audi S3 ahead of the final race, Hill admits he is going into the contest “a little bit blind,” but hopes he can at least hang on for what would be a third BTCC podium.
“I’ve not had the best car I could have asked for so far today, so I’m going into a little bit blind with how it might behave,” explained Hill.
“But all I can do is try. The boys have done a great job getting the car ready, now let’s just focus on doing the job and finishing it.”
“At the end of the day, what will be will be. I know exactly what I’m fighting against: I have Cook, whose very strong, fighting for the championship, and I have Matt Neal in a factory Honda alongside me who has won more races than he can probably count.
“Then there’s little old me having my first pole position! So I’m definitely the underdog in this situation, but I’ve just got to do the best job I can do. If we can at least keep it on the podium that would be unreal.”