Worthing based racing driver Aidan Hills started his Mazda MX-5 Supercup campaign at Silverstone over the Easter weekend. Hills full of confidence going into the 2018 season after winning the rookie of the year award in 2017.
The championship boasted a huge entry of 37 drivers and Hills started his season off well with a good qualifying session leaving him starting 7th and 4th for races 1 and 2 respectively.
For race 1 the conditions were extremely difficult to call, with the clouds looking like they could downpour it was hard for Aidan and his team to decide a set up for the car. They decided on a half wet half dry set up which seemed to have worked. With a good start Hills found himself running In 3rd early on and looking threatening for the win. Unfortunately later on in the race, unfair contact from another diver left Hills spinning out of 4th position and ended up finishing the race in 10th, which he was very disappointed with.
Aidan Hills #8: “The weekend started off pretty good, but I was actually disappointed with my qualifying as I felt like I had a car that could definitely be in the top 3 but I just couldn’t hook up a good lap. Race 1 started off perfectly getting up to 3rd early on. The car dropped off the pace in the middle of the race and then I got spun out of 4th place which was very frustrating, but to recover to finish 10th and get a good haul of points wasn’t too bad."
Race 2 saw Aidan starting in 4th place, he got another trademark fast start and was straight up to 3rd position. After a few more laps the race was looking good for Hills and he made a very bold move for 2nd position down into the famous Brooklands bend, he was now in a position to battle for the win. After a race long battle with 5 drivers Aidan finished the race in 3rd position which was his first ever podium in the Mazda MX-5 Supercup.
He said after the race: “Wow what a mad race that was, probably one of the most hectic races I’ve ever had to be honest. I’m pretty sure us 5 changed places almost every corner. I’m Ecstatic to grab my first podium, and what a track to do it at!”
New for 2018 saw the reverse grid format for the final race. Numbers 6-10 are put into a hat and whatever number is pulled is the amount of drivers that grid positions are reversed from the results of race 2. Number 7 was pulled meaning whoever finished race 2 in 7th would start on pole. This meant Hills had to start in 5th for the final race of the weekend. Another hectic race saw 9 drivers battling for the win for the whole 20 minute race, and Hills was in the heart of the battle. Unfortunately, a slight error in the set up if the car meant Aidan couldn’t battle for the win towards the end of the race and he finished in a solid 6th place.
“Well that was a pretty good weekend all in all. I got my first ever podium and I am sitting in 5th in the championship. If someone told me that before the weekend started I would’ve laughed at them. The changes we have made to the car over the winter have made a huge difference and I feel so confident every time I get in it now. It’s cool to think my best finish last season was 8th and now I’ve already been in the top 3 after one weekend this season. I can’t thank all my supporters enough, Discount Tyre, DMH Motors and DMH Storage. I couldn’t do it without them."
The championship now heads to Scotland on the 11th/12th of May at the prestigious Knockhill Circuit and Hills will be hoping for 3 solid finishes to continue his championship ambitions.