Hill expected to be fighting at the front of BTCC field in 2020

Jake Hill is expected to be fighting at the front of the British Touring Car Championship in 2020, according to a number of his rivals.

Hill raced with Trade Price Cars Racing last season, taking the Audi A3 to victory in the final round at Knockhill, and ended the season 15th in the driver’s standings.

Over the winter, Hill announced that he would be moving to AmD Tuning for the 2020 season, racing the Honda Civic Type R, and the team had a successful season in 2019, fighting for the overall championship for a large portion of the year with Rory Butcher.

And, with Hill and AmD partnering together for 2020, BMW driver, Andrew Jordan expects him to be fighting at the front of the field.

“I think Jake Hill will be strong.” Jordan said, speaking to Last Lap at Autosport International.

“He’s a good lad, he’s quick, and he knows the score.” 

Team Toyota driver, Tom Ingram agreed with Jordan that Hill will be competitive, but he also expects Tom Chilton to be fast with his new team BTC Racing.

Speaking about how he sees the grid changing for 2020, Ingram said: “Naturally every team will improve slightly, obviously WSR will improve, hopefully we’ll improve, Honda will improve.

“The front four teams will take a big step forward in the development of the car as well, but there’s some other little names [I expect to see].

“I think we’ll start to see Jake Hill up there a lot more, being in the Honda, so Jake will be very quick.

“Tom Chilton will be very quick in the Honda as well, so we’ll start to see another couple of names up there a bit more consistently.

“I think it’s going to be another year of it being a bit scrappy and being really close, and really fraught with the people we’ve got around us.”