Jake Hill will remain with Team HARD in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after re-signing with Tony Gilham’s outfit for 2018.

In what will be his third successive season with the Independent squad, Hill will be back behind the wheel of the teams Volkswagen CC to partner Bobby Thompson and Mike Bushell.

Finishing 20th in the overall standings this year, Hill produced a string of top ten performances, taking a best finish of sixth at Snetterton.

Now looking to build on those results in what will be his third full season in the series, Hill is aiming high on what can be achieved with HARD and Brisky Racing.

“Last season we had some great pace, but our results didn’t really reflect just how competitive we really were,” said the 23-year-old. “So for 2018 I am really excited to be part of Team HARD Brisky Racing again. I can’t thank Tony, Gary, Kingsley and the guys enough for the faith they have shown in me, and for the opportunity to continue our journey together.

“With Geoff (Kingston) on board and seeing the impact he has already made, implementing several fairly major technical changes to the car, I know we will be in a really strong position to regularly challenge at the front.

“My friend and long-time supporter Richard Wheeler from Brisky Racing is an integral part of making this possible for me, and for helping things move forward with the team. Without him this simply wouldn’t be possible, I am hugely grateful for the faith he’s shown in me.

“Bobby (Thompson), Mike (Bushell) and I will work well together and push each other along. Being paired with Mike to score team points leaves me confident we will be in the hunt for the Independent Teams’ title.

“I’m also eligible for the Jack Sears Trophy so will do everything I can to challenge for that honour, and of course the Independent Drivers’ championship.”

Team Principal Tony Gilham added: “We have seen what Jake can do, and we wanted to use his experience and technical strength as well as outright pace to help us continue making progress. It’s great to have continuity and Jake is part of the family here.

“The addition of Brisky Racing has seen us move forward. We already have some great people here, and a fantastic level of support for the team, so with the combination of Geoff’s input and Jake’s speed we are very confident that we will be in the mix right from the start of the season.”

Team HARD are set to complete their driver line-up in the coming weeks, with now one Volkswagen CC seat remaining.

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