In his first ever race meeting in a 300bhp Ginetta G50 GT car, BRDC Rising Star Jake Hill continued his unbroken run of Podium appearances with the 13th consecutive race weekend whereby the 17 year-old took home some silverware.
This run of success stretches back to Jake’s debut race victory in June 2009 in Ginetta Junior at Croft, while Hill’s latest success came in race two of the three Ginetta GT Supercup races. Jake was making his debut in the series racing for Optimum Motorsport as part of the package of support races at the opening meeting of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch and started the weekend superbly by setting the fastest time of the competitors in the G50 class in Practice.
The GT Supercup features a mixture of the new 370bhp Ginetta G55 and the 2008 Racing Car of the Year the 300bhp Ginetta G50, and saw Hill qualify 3rd in class and enjoy a fierce scrap with former Ginetta Junior rivals Tom Ingram and Aaron Williamson. Frustratingly for Hill though a tap from behind from the more powerful G55 of Jordan Skinner forced him wide at Paddock Bend and then the pair tangled at Druids Hairpin forcing them both into retirement. Jake said;
“I was really happy to be fastest in practice but wasn’t able to get the best out of my tyres in qualifying so third was a good result. I stalled at the start of race one so had to really fight through – it was all ok until I collided with Skinner. Roll on race two!
Race two on Saturday saw Hill make a superb start from the back of the grid and fight his way past several cars, eventually catching Rob Gaffney in a battle for 3rd, and when Gaffney was forced wide by 2009 G50 Champion Nathan Freke who was in a G55, Hill closed in himself. In a bold move at Paddock Bend his muscled past and began closing on Richardson and Ingram, eventually taking a hard-earned third place.
“That was better! I was alongside and Rob clearly didn’t see me and turned in so we made contact and he spun. The officials said it was a racing accident – I’m really pleased to have got on the podium in my first ever G50 meeting” smiled Jake.
In Sunday’s televised race shown live to almost 1 million viewers in ITV4, Hill made a superb start and was closing in on Tom Ingram for the lead of the G50 class. Ingram’s team-mate Alastair James in a G55 was behind but lapping slower than Hill, despite running in the more powerful machine. In a clumsy move at Druids Hairpin James clattered into the back of Hill, spinning him instantly before an unsighted Adam Morgan slammed into the stationary car causing massive damage to both cars –
Whilst James was subsequently given penalty points on his licence for Dangerous Driving and Hill was left with the prospect of his season being over already.
“I’m so grateful for MMC Broking, Enghouse, Sportif, Thunder Toffee Vodka , A1 Shinty, and John Haffenden and Wired Energy for getting me out – Optimum have been brilliant – but now I just don’t know if we’ll be able to get out again after the damage caused”