Hill Replaces Herbert In KX-Backed Clio

Jake Hill has been confirmed as Luke Herbert’s replacement in the KX Akademy scheme for 2013, the 19 year old joining the Renault UK Clio Cup with Scuderia Vittoria.

The former Ginetta Junior race-winner competed in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup last season, joining the series from the fourth weekend onwards, taking six podium finishes including one win.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to be part of the KX Akademy and to drive with Scuderia Vittoria,” Hill told Autosport. “I know I’ll learn a lot. It’s a big change and challenge moving from Ginettas to Clios but I’m confident I’ll be competitive.”

Hill will join fellow KX Akademy members Stefan Hodgetts and Ant Whorton-Eales in Scuderia Vittoria’s seven-car Clio squad.

“I’ve known Jake since Ginetta Juniors and he’s incredibly talented,” added Scuderia Vittoria boss Danny Buxton. “He’s never had a real crack with enough budget. It’ll be a learning year for him, but I also think he has the potential to be a race winner. He really wants it.”

As we reported last month, Herbert was forced to relinquish his position in the KX Akademy and the Scuderia Vittoria team after failing to secure the full budget required.