Last weekend saw the start of this years British Touring Car Championship (B.T.C.C) season at a very sunny & unseasonably warm Brands Hatch in Kent. One of the many racing packages that come as part of the various B.T.C.C weekends is the Porsche Carerra Cup in which the GTROC’s very own Track Day Instructor made his debut! Driving a 460bhp 991-spec 911 GT3, twenty year old B.R.D.C “Rising Star” Jake Hill impressed once more with two superb drives.
Hill from nearby Goudhurst in Kent only sat in the In2 Racing prepared machine for the first time on Friday, immediately looking at home during two solid performances in free practice on that day. Improving further in qualifying, Hill charged to fourth on the grid for both of Sunday’s main races, qualifying just behind Porsche Scholarship Winner & fellow Carerra Cup debutant Josh Webster. Hill stated :
“The car is incredible, a real weapon! I love the feel of it and things like the paddle-shift is just awesome. To qualify within 0.2 secs of Josh & 0.3 of Porsche Supercup regulr Ben Barker is amazing. I’m really proud and big thanks to Nick Dudfield & the team at In2 Racing for everything.”
Race one saw the traditional standing start & too much wheel spin from Hill allowed Team Parker Racing’s Karl Leonard past, with Hill dropping to fifth on the track. Early on though Leonard fell foul of the strict new ‘track limits’ regulations & was penalised five seconds, dropping him to sixth overall and promoting Hill back to fourth place. As the 34 laps of the demanding 1.2mile Indy Circuit progressed, Hill felt the tyre performance drop away & was slowly caught by team-mate Paul Rees and a recovering Victor Jiminez who had a poor getaway. Despite closing in, Jiminez (who passed Rees late on) only closed a little & a delighted Hill took a Podium on his debut, as Guest Driver Ben Barker who won was ineligible for points as he had a different specification car. Hill quoted :
“I got a bad getaway and Karl was past like a shot. He’s really quick so I couldn’t live with him and then had the others closing, but I kept it cool and am delighted to be up on the podium with Josh and Michael(Meadows). Hopefully more of the same for race two!”
Race two saw a new-for-2014 “rolling start” & Hill, lining up behind Barker, judged the start perfectly bravely sweeping around the outside of Webster at Paddock Bend, almost doing the same to Meadows at Druids, then muscling through into third exiting Graham Hill Bend. Hill drove a set of smooth and consistant laps & was a comfortable third until Webster found a way past Jiminez who had past him on lap one, then began gradually closing on Hill’s Sportif Motor Group machine. As the second half of the 33 lap race began, Hill and Webster ran closely, with Webster having a run into Paddock Hill Bend with two laps to go. However Hill calmy dealt with the pressure and crossed the line a delighted third, which became second as again Barker won and did not score. Hill stated :
“What a race! A mega first couple of corners to get past Josh, then he caught up and was in my mirrors, flashing his lights and moving around to unsettle me. He’s a good mate of mine, and a really professional driver so it was a pleasure to race with him, and I’m so, so pleased to have finished second this time and leave Brands jointly second in the series with Josh. I’m a so grateful to the guys at In2 for their hard work, and to Marion Barnaby and the team at Porsche for looking after me so well. As always my Dad has worked really hard, and big thanks to Sportif Motor Group, Shefford Valeting and Showtrax, plus Finch Signs for their support. I hope we can get out for Donington Park in April, and the rest of the year as I’ve loved this weekend and want to be part of the Porsche family for a very long time …..”, smiled a delighted Jake.