Jake Hill will switch to racing a Honda Civic in the 2020 British Touring Car Championship, with the race winner moving from Trade Price Cars racing to Shaun Hollamby’s Essex-based squad.
Hill was a race winner in the 2019 BTCC, standing on the top step of the podium at Knockhill, after having earlier in the year been denied a maiden win at Oulton Park through a post-race penalty.
The 25-year-old will join the team off the back of a season of racing an Audi S3 for Trade Price Cars, whom AmD has a close relationship through Hollamby, who is joint Team Principal.
Hill will be joined by a new team-mate after the Essex squad announced it would field an all-new driver line-up in 2020.
“I had a fantastic year with Trade Price Cars Racing,” said Hill. “I am hugely grateful to the whole team and their partners for their support and the opportunity to race with them.
“For 2020 it’s a different challenge and one I am hugely excited about. AmD Tuning was one of the success stories of last season and I know their whole team is hugely motivated to build on that into next season.
“Like the team, I now know what it takes to win. The challenge for 2020 is to continue that momentum and take it up another gear, claiming more points, podiums and hopefully more wins to establish myself as a regular at the right end of the grid.”
AmD heads into the 2020 season in high confidence after its best-ever season this year, when Rory Butcher finished fifth overall in the drivers’ championship after claiming three wins.
“We first became aware of Jake when he was winning in Ginetta Juniors,” said Team Principal Hollamby. “We supported him in various series, before running him in British GT in 2015.
“After he tested the MG at Snetterton in 2018 we could see just how much he had developed. Seeing his successes in 2019 up close, we feel he is now in an ideal position to regularly challenge at the front. We’re all really excited to see what we can achieve.
“The 2019 season was incredible for us. We know we have the right people, the right equipment and in Jake one of the most promising drivers on the grid.
“We can’t wait to get started and see what can be achieved in 2020.”