Hill enjoyed his most successful BTCC campaign

Jake Hill was thrilled after looking back on his most successful campaign in the British Touring Car Championship since his debut in 2013.

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill has just completed his most successful season in the BTCC after eight seasons of experience.

The 27-year-old claimed nine podiums, two race victories and only five occasions when he did not score points.

Having finished fifth in the drivers’ standings, he fought against the likes of Josh Cook, champion Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington for the highly-contested top spots.

“It has been good, [I] can’t complain”, Hill said to ITV.

“Nine podiums, two wins, and a whole bunch of fun in between.

“I feel like I’ve come on a lot as a driver, which is good.

“And it just makes life a bit easier for next year.”

On his first race weekend in the Ford Focus ST package, he claimed three podiums in all three races. After Thruxton, it was the only time this season he led the standings.

Since then, excluding the following weekend at Snetterton, he never left the top six within the overall drivers’ standings.

After securing fourth in the final race, after his earlier clash with Stephen Jelley, he was ultimately distanced by five points to Tom Ingram in the championship.

Hill continued his reflection on the performance gains made this year.

“We’ve taken it to the next step… we were the best in the team by a bit, and that was good.

“So it was nice to lead the full charge this year and I have genuinely enjoyed it.

“Obviously, there’s times I wish we could take back and change, but doesn’t everyone?

“Overall, I am genuinely pleased and I can’t thank Motorbase and MB Motorsport enough for their hard work.”

He will aim to repeat his encouraging performances in next year’s debut season for the hybrid era.