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Jake Hill: ‘To be third in the points is a nice surprise’

Jake Hill was pleased with his opening weekend in the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park, where he emerged third overall in the standings after claiming a podium in the first race of the year.

The Laser Tools Racing and MB Motorsport driver had qualified his BMW in third on Saturday, as the top rear-wheel drive competitor, and at the start of race one he looked to be on course for a victory.

However, late in the race, Hill lost out to NAPA Racing UK’s Dan Cammish three laps from the finish, leaving him to take second.

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In race two, the 29-year-old had been running in fifth before the heavens opened and he was forced to pit for wet rubber.

When he emerged, Hill was down in 18th, and come the chequered flag he only gained one more place, before also benefitting another place when a rival was excluded.

That left Hill to start down in 16th for the final race, but he fought back to claim fourth after passing 12 cars.

“To be third in the points is a nice surprise, but I was pretty happy with what we learned about the BMW – in the last race especially,” said Hill. “We were really storming through what was quite a clean race in really difficult conditions.

“The car was great so huge credit to WSR and Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport. We’ve scored good points, had a car quick enough to get fastest lap in race three, but just made a collective error to stay out too long on slicks as the rain got heavier in race two.

“We’ve proven we can be quick in wet conditions and that’s a great takeaway.

“The weather really threw everything it had at us this weekend and race two was very unfortunate for us, but to bounce back from 16th to fourth in race three was a fantastic way to end the day!”

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