Former part-time Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racer Jake Hill will return to the grid in this weekend’s season finale at Brands Hatch GP circuit, replacing Nicolas Hamilton in the AmD Tuning Audi S3.
A previous front-runner in BTCC support championships, former Ginetta racer Hill takes over the wheel of the Audi previously driven by Hamilton in four meetings so far in 2015.
Hill has been a top-three finisher for the AmD Porsche team in the British GT Championship’s GT4 class at Spa this season, previously having made a pair of one-off appearances for Motorbase Performance and Rob Austin Racing in the BTCC at Croft and Brands Hatch GP in 2013.
Hill said of his return: “It was a big surprise to get the call from Shaun [Hollamby] asking if I’d be interested in racing this weekend, and I’m thankful to both him and the team that I’ve been given the opportunity to compete in the BTCC for the first time in two years.
“It’s going to be a step into the unknown for me as I haven’t driven the Audi before, but you can see it’s a good car even though the team is still learning with it. Certainly Nicolas has done a great job so far, and hopefully I can continue that this weekend.
“Because I won’t have driven the car until FP1, it’s difficult to make too many predictions about what I should expect this weekend, but the aim for me is to try and secure three solid finishes and some good results for the team.”
Hamilton – the first disabled driver in the long and illustrious history of the championship – has elected to miss the season finale to concentrate on finalising his programme for 2016, when he plans to contest a full season with the team in its Audi S3.