Last lap heroics from Hill to claim Oulton Park triumph

23rd June 2024

Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport's Jake Hill ended a quite sensational day of Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship racing at Oulton Park by making a last lap move for victory in the reverse grid race.

Long-time leader Mikey Doble and team-mate Árón Taylor-Smith had to settle for a still impressive two-three for Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing.

Kent driver Hill is in the form of his life, having taken a double-double at Snetterton and Thruxton respectively during the previous two race weekends, but he has had to remain patient at Oulton Park this weekend.

He narrowly missed out on the 'Quick Six' qualifying yesterday and had to settle for seventh on the grid, but he worked his way forward during race day to take fifth, third and a victory from the three races.

You had to feel for pole-sitter Doble, who led the finale almost from start to finish, but the pressure eventually told as Hill went side-by-side with the Vauxhall on the final tour. The pair ran through the chicane together, touched slightly, but it was the #24 that emerged ahead with a brilliant move.

Taylor-Smith made it a double celebration for PMR by completing the podium, ahead of Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS' Tom Ingram.

The NAPA Racing UK duo of Dan Cammish and Dan Rowbottom were next in the order but team-mate Ash Sutton faced heartbreak for the second successive race - this time wheel arch damage forcing him out of contention. This is the sort of bad luck we haven't seen for Sutton in a long time, and the reigning championship has unfortunately haemorrhaged points here in Cheshire.

Team BMW's Adam Morgan was seventh, ahead of race two winner Josh Cook in his LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ Toyota.

Restart Racing's Chris Smiley rounded off a brilliant day with ninth, whilst Aiden Moffat surged through the pack to take tenth in the #16 Toyota Corolla.

Jake Hill said: "That was tough. A fantastic race with Árón (Taylor-Smith) and Mikey (Doble) at the end there. Credit to them because they did a great job and it was just a really enjoyable touring car race from my point of view – just hard fought battling and it was absolutely awesome. As much as I feel sorry Mikey, I’ve got a championship to try and win and I had to get the move done. Credit to him for leaving me a bit of space, but, what a move!"

Oulton Park - Race 3 - Final Classification

124Jake HILLLaser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport1521:42.1891:25.48410
288Mikey DOBLEEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing1521:42.9380.7491:25.8937
340Árón TAYLOR-SMITHEvans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing1521:44.5992.411:25.7296
480Tom INGRAMTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1521:45.0452.8561:25.9042
527Dan CAMMISHNAPA Racing UK1521:45.9033.7141:25.9754
632Daniel ROWBOTTOMNAPA Racing UK1521:46.3394.151:25.7855
733Adam MORGANTeam BMW1521:48.9476.7581:25.54511
866Josh COOKLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ1521:49.6637.4741:26.1103
9222Chris SMILEYRestart Racing1521:51.9339.7441:26.2062
1016Aiden MOFFATLKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ1521:54.66312.4741:26.0603
1114Ronan PEARSONTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1521:57.18014.9911:25.7886
1212Rob HUFFTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK1521:57.25415.0651:25.9363
1318Daryl DELEONDuckhams Racing With Bartercard1522:02.90620.7171:26.2983
1411Andrew WATSONTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK1522:03.09120.9021:26.1816
1520Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMW1522:12.92730.7381:26.1318
1629Scott SUMPTONRestart Racing1522:22.09739.9081:26.7294
1722Nick HALSTEADTeam BRISTOL STREET MOTORS1522:46.1071:03.9181:29.4924
181Ashley SUTTONNAPA Racing UK1522:59.4061:17.2171:25.4065
DNF77Sam OSBORNENAPA Racing UK1014:50.1235 Laps1:26.3464
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