Jake Hill ‘delighted to get monkey off back’ after maiden win

Jake Hill ‘delighted to get monkey off back’ after maiden win

Jake Hill
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Jake Hill was relieved to claim his maiden British Touring Car Championship win – and keep it – at Knockhill, after the Trade Price Cars Racing driver controlled the reverse-grid final race of the day.

Hill was drawn by two-time BTCC champion Alain Menu at random to start the final race from pole position, after he earlier finished both races one and two in tenth position.

The 25-year-old withstood pressure from BTC Racing’s Josh Cook, and handled two safety car restarts, on his way to claiming a first win.

Hill was also relieved to take the win in uncontroversial circumstances, after he had a win taken away from him earlier in the year at Oulton Park after contact with another rival on track.

“In races one and two, I was hanging on to the back of the guys ahead and we deserved to be there in the top ten from where we qualified,” said Hill. “The moves early in race one set up the rest of race day, as it got us out of the trouble that you end up in further back.

“I have to thank Alain Menu for drawing me on pole for race three, and we made a lot of changes going into that race that worked an absolute treat.

“The car was fantastic and it’s a mad feeling to have led the race from start-to-finish and taken my first win.

“After what happened at Oulton Park, I’m delighted to get the monkey off my back and it’s relief to have secured the victory.”

Hill added that team-mate Sam Tordoff and his wife had been in his thoughts throughout the weekend, after Tordoff stepped back from driving duties ahead of the event following the death of his newborn son.

“It’s a nice feeling to be a BTCC race winner, and on a weekend where we’ve all been thinking about Sam Tordoff, Georgie and Arlo, that is for them.”