Hills Takes Convincing Victory in Belgium
Worthing, West Sussex — The Swift Rallycross Championship headed just over the English Channel to Duivelsberg Circuit in Maasmechelen, Belgium for the long awaited round 5 of the 2016 campaign. Worthing based Aidan Hills was looking to get back to winning ways after his unfortunate end in the last round in Wales.
The event was unusually run over a day and a half with free practice and qualifying 1 being ran on Saturday afternoon with the remainder of the qualifiers and the finals taking place on the Sunday.
The promise of an exciting weekends racing was not to disappoint. The weather was to play its part with temperatures firmly in the late 20’s and very dusty conditions. Couple this with the fact that the circuit was a new one for Hills nothing was assured.
Hills immediately got down to business and notched up the fastest time in Q1 by almost 6 seconds! He narrowly missed out on being the fastest in Q2 but topped the times again in Q3. This gave Hills the coveted pole position for the Final.
A great start saw Hills make the first corner in the lead with current championship leader Nathan Heathcote right on his bumper applying unbelievable pressure to Hills. But the Worthing based driver drove a near perfect race putting in the fastest lap of the final right before taking his joker on the penultimate lap. He had given himself just enough to exit still in the lead. All he had to do was to bring the car home to take the top honours and maximum championship points.
Round 6 of the championship now returns for its second visit to the spiritual home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill in Kent held over the 29th August on the Bank Holiday.
Aidan Hills, #8: “What a weekend!! The car was perfect and I felt really good every time I jumped in it. Winning the first heat really got the ball rolling for the rest of the weekend. It was one of the most intense finals I've ever had. When I saw Nathan take the joker lap I knew I had to do a really fast lap, and I set fastest lap of the race. The pressure I had from Nathan was relentless, but I managed to soak it all up and it was more relief than anything when I came across the line!
This makes all the hard work we have put it after rolling at Pembrey worth it, and makes this win taste even sweeter! The car has never felt so good to drive, and I can't wait to get back in it. A massive thanks to Arun Signs, DMH Motors, my Dad and my Grandad for all their support, I couldn't do it without them! Roll on Lydden.”