Hills has near perfect weekend in Ireland
For the first time since 2011 The British Rallycross championship made its return to the Irish home of Rallycross Mondello Park just outside of Dublin. A bumper English and Irish entry for both the Saturday and Sunday promised the prospect of some Rallycross of truly epic proportions.
Hills headed into rounds 4 and 5 after suffering disappointment in t round 3, something he was looking to put right.
Right from the first heat Hills looked smooth and comfortable. Getting quicker and quicker with each heat and delivering a hat-trick of heat wins showing impressive form. Delivering a fastest heat win of the day in the third heat to secure pole position for the coveted A-Final. Hills headed into the first corner door to door with Darren Scott but with the better line and pulled into first place and put some clear air between him and second place. He timed his joker lap to perfection coming out in 2nd place but reclaimed the lead on the very next lap a position he didn’t look back from and calmly took the checkered flag.
Sunday and round 5 was however to prove to be much harder work. Crashing out in the second heat to give him a DNF. Hills came out for heat 3 knowing he had to put in a good performance to secure a place in the A-Final. He did just that by winning the heat and scoring another Fastest Time of the day (FTD) for the second successive day. This earned him a back row 6th place on the grid. He made made up 2 places into the first corner and then a further place on the exit. Hills then opted to take his joker lap to put himself into some clean air. This proved to be a decisive move which secured Hills a well-deserved second place. Having secured valuable championship points Hills can reflect on a job well done.
The championship now moves back east to Pembrey in Wales for round 6 on 26th July.
Aidan Hills, #8: “Overall this was up there with my best race weekends I've ever had. The car felt perfect from lap one on Saturday and I managed to win the first heat and it all went from there really. Winning all the heats and putting it on pole for the final on Saturday I was so nervous to get my first senior win, I managed to keep my nerves under control and come away with the win, and I was over the moon.
Sunday wasn't quite as perfect, 2nd in the first heat, and then a big crash in the second heat put me under real pressure, great work from my dad and the people who helped us to get the car back out for heat 3. I needed a good result to secure a position in the A-final, I went absolutely flat out and managed to win heat 3 with FTD. Starting 6th for the final was never going to be easy but to come away with a 2nd was very satisfying.”