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Jake Hill wants British Touring Car Championship return after best-ever season ends at Brands Hatch


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Jake Hill says fighting for this year's British Touring Car Championship title has made him even hungrier to return next season – but he is yet to confirm which team he will be driving for.

The Platt's Heath charger, 27, finished fifth in the standings aboard his MB Motorsport Ford Focus, grabbing nine podiums including two victories.

Driving an all-new BTCC machine for the first time, Hill enjoyed his best-ever season in the series. All pictures: Simon Hildrew
Driving an all-new BTCC machine for the first time, Hill enjoyed his best-ever season in the series. All pictures: Simon Hildrew

Fresh from winning the Gerry Marshall Trophy at the Goodwood Members' Meeting, Hill entered the final round of the season at Brands Hatch with a chance of the overall crown.

But with 48kg of success ballast on board, he could only finish 12th in race one on Sunday – a result that dropped him out of contention for the championship.

Despite being knocked wide at Druids on the first lap, Hill improved to 10th in race two before grabbing the fastest lap on his climb to fourth in the finale.

Looking ahead to 2022 after enjoying his "best year by some way," Hill said: "I am pretty sure I'll be returning – we just need to go away and sort out the commercial aspect of it all.

"Now we've been in the title fight, you just want it even more.

Quickly becoming a star of historic racing, Hill won the Gerry Marshall Trophy in a 1978 Ford Capri at the Goodwood Members' Meeting a week before the BTCC finale
Quickly becoming a star of historic racing, Hill won the Gerry Marshall Trophy in a 1978 Ford Capri at the Goodwood Members' Meeting a week before the BTCC finale
Hill leads the Gerry Marshall Trophy field at Goodwood's 78th Members' Meeting
Hill leads the Gerry Marshall Trophy field at Goodwood's 78th Members' Meeting

"I will come back stronger and hopefully the machine I'll be driving will be just as good and we can have a go.

"Touring cars is a great career to have; I've enjoyed my time in it and I'm enjoying it even more now so hopefully we can continue it for a bit longer."

Hill, whose car was run by Wrotham-based Motorbase Performance this year, says he knows more pre-season testing will be needed before the 2022 campaign.

When asked which team he will be driving for, the former Ginetta ace says nothing will be confirmed until the finances are in place.

"I have enjoyed it this year – the car has been good to drive most of the time and we have been in a good place for a lot of the season," Hill added.

Ash Sutton celebrates winning the British Touring Car Championship title for the third time after finishing sixth in race two
Ash Sutton celebrates winning the British Touring Car Championship title for the third time after finishing sixth in race two
Sutton, 27, only joined the BTCC in 2016 but is already a three-time champion
Sutton, 27, only joined the BTCC in 2016 but is already a three-time champion
Bath's Josh Cook won the first two BTCC races for BTC Racing. He finished third in the overall standings, behind Sutton and Turkington. Tom Ingram and Hill rounded out the top five
Bath's Josh Cook won the first two BTCC races for BTC Racing. He finished third in the overall standings, behind Sutton and Turkington. Tom Ingram and Hill rounded out the top five

"Realistically, we just needed more testing. It's made me highlight how much testing you probably need to get it ready for the year.

"You may make it quick on the day, but you need that 'what-if' set-up in your back pocket and we never really created that; we just kept guessing.

"That's why in the last three rounds we have just been slow in qualifying [at Silverstone, Donington and Brands Hatch] because the car hasn't been in its window and we haven't had that knowledge of the 'what-if' set-up.

"That is what has screwed us over, to be honest, for the championship win, but it has been good and we learnt a lot about the car through our mistakes, so it's onwards and upwards."

Switching from single-seaters to sportcars, Maidstone's Kiern Jewiss starred in the Porsche Carrera Cup this season, winning the rookie championship and fighting for the overall crown. He finished third in the title race, beating team-mate and outgoing champion Harry King
Switching from single-seaters to sportcars, Maidstone's Kiern Jewiss starred in the Porsche Carrera Cup this season, winning the rookie championship and fighting for the overall crown. He finished third in the title race, beating team-mate and outgoing champion Harry King
Jack Mitchell, from Wrotham, finished 17th and 21st in the BTCC races for Detling-based Team Hard. He retired from race three after crashing at Hawthorn
Jack Mitchell, from Wrotham, finished 17th and 21st in the BTCC races for Detling-based Team Hard. He retired from race three after crashing at Hawthorn
Tom Emson, from Hythe, grabbed his first Ginetta GT4 Supercup victory in the season finale
Tom Emson, from Hythe, grabbed his first Ginetta GT4 Supercup victory in the season finale
Tom Emson, grandson of auctioneer Clive, finished 11th, sixth and first in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup races. He claimed six podiums this year on his way to sixth in the standings for Elite Motorsport
Tom Emson, grandson of auctioneer Clive, finished 11th, sixth and first in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup races. He claimed six podiums this year on his way to sixth in the standings for Elite Motorsport
Kenan Dole, from Dartford, finished sixth twice and 16th in the three Mini Challenge races. He finished 14th overall in the championship and sixth in the graduate cup category
Kenan Dole, from Dartford, finished sixth twice and 16th in the three Mini Challenge races. He finished 14th overall in the championship and sixth in the graduate cup category
Ash Sutton secured a third BTCC title in just six seasons
Ash Sutton secured a third BTCC title in just six seasons
Dartford's Andy Wilmot replaced Jack Butel at Excelr8 Motorsport for the last round of the BTCC season
Dartford's Andy Wilmot replaced Jack Butel at Excelr8 Motorsport for the last round of the BTCC season
Luke Reade, from Dartford, took 13th, 10th and sixth in the three Ginetta GT4 Supercup races. He finished 13th in the championship aboard his Billy Ruffian with Rob Boston Racing machine
Luke Reade, from Dartford, took 13th, 10th and sixth in the three Ginetta GT4 Supercup races. He finished 13th in the championship aboard his Billy Ruffian with Rob Boston Racing machine
Hill leads Craig Davies, in his Ford Mustang Boss, at the Goodwood Members' Meeting
Hill leads Craig Davies, in his Ford Mustang Boss, at the Goodwood Members' Meeting

Laser Tools Racing's Ash Sutton (Infiniti Q50) claimed his third title in the second race at Brands, eventually beating Team BMW star Colin Turkington to the crown by a handsome 51 points.

BTC Racing pilot Josh Cook (Honda Civic) had taken the spoils in races one and two before Sutton rounded out the year in style by winning race three.

Cook leapfrogged EXCELR8's Tom Ingram (Hyundai i30N) and Hill to finish third in the overall standings.

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