Jake Hill will be back on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship grid next season behind the wheel of a Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3.
After a sudden exit from the series halfway through the 2018 campaign, Hill will make a popular return to the entry list as he reunites with AmD Tuning, who are continuing to run the Audi’s.
The 24 year old previously made a one-off BTCC outing for the Kent-based squad in their Audi S3 in the 2015 season finale, as well as a handful of British GT appearances with them.
Since then Hill’s time in the BTCC has been spent with Team HARD, with top ten finishes in 2016 and 2017 leading to a superb start to this year’s campaign.
In a wild second race of the year at Brands Hatch, Hill came through to take a breakthrough overall podium finish and a maiden Independents’ class victory.
Hill made a sudden departure from the team at the mid-way point of the season however, before sampling an AmD-run MG6 during the summer tyre test at Snetterton.
The Goudhurst-based racer is the first confirmed driver for ‘Trade Price Cars Racing’ and AmD Tuning, who are also running a pair of Honda Civic Tyre Rs alongside the Audi’s.
“We have been working non-stop since the summer to get things in place to get back into the BTCC, and I am absolutely buzzing to once again be part of the UK’s premier series,” said Hill.
“I want to thank Dan (Kirby) and Andy (Wilmot) at Trade Price Cars Racing so, so much for making this possible and for giving me the chance to remind everyone what I can do.
“I am more fired-up than ever and ready to work as hard as possible to get the maximum out of the car, and see what we can achieve as a team.
“We aim to be out testing early in the New Year, and we have some very, very good people working with the team so we expect to be very well prepared.
“We’ve had a tough year, but everything happens for a reason and I am more focused, fitter, and more determined than ever to succeed – this will be a fun ride.”
Trade Price Cars owner Dan Kirby said that having worked with Hill previously, he was always top of the list of drivers the team wanted for their inaugural BTCC season.
“We have got to know Jake well over the past couple of seasons,” commented the one-time Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer.
“Seeing up-close how strong he is as a driver, his technical awareness, and how well he works with his partners off track it’s a real statement of our intent getting him on board.”