Fourth podium for Hills at the Rock
The 2018 Mazda Mx-5 Supercup, moved to the famous Rockingham motor Speedway for rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the championship. 22 year old, Worthing based racer Aidan Hills took the journey to the Northamptonshire circuit, full of confidence after being on the podium in the previous 3 race meetings, and sitting joint 4th in the championship out of 40 drivers.
Qualifying didn’t go to plan for Hills and he could only manage lap times good enough to see him starting 10th and 9th for races 1 and 2. He expressed his disappointment, “That was probably one of the worst qualifying sessions I’ve ever had I just couldn’t get into the groove and really struggled to put a good lap together. We should be a lot better in the races though.”
Race 1 started on Saturday afternoon and Hills got a trademark fast start which saw him move up to 7th after 2 corners. He managed to get up to 6th and was in a battle for a top 5 finish for the whole race. Unfortunately on the last lap of the race Aidan got a puncture but managed to limp the car back to finish the race in 8th place.
Race 2 saw Aidan starting in 9th position. Putting the disappointment from his result in the earlier Race to one side, Hills put all his focus on getting a strong result and making sure he stays in the hunt in the championship battle. Aidan got a great start again and managed to claw his way up to 5th place after 2 just 2 laps. With 3 laps to go in the race, he then put a very bold move on a championship rival going into the daunting turn 1 at well over 100mph and pulled it off to finish Race two in 4th position.
“After a disappointing result in race 1, I knew I really had to pull my finger out in race 2 and get a solid result. Bearing in mind I was starting 9th I was happy to come home in 4th and get a good haul of points in the championship.”
For race 3, and the final race of the weekend, the reverse grid format meant Hills would be starting in 4th place. Hills didn’t get the best of starts and after contact he was back in 7th positon, but by the end of lap 1 had managed to get back up to 5th and a podium was looking like it was on the cards. He moved up to 4th a lap later and then up to 3rd by lap 5 after 2 great overtakes. Aidan was now catching the driver in front but couldn’t quite overtake him despite his best efforts, leaving hills finishing the weekend with a strong 3rd place finish and another podium. This means Hills has been on the podium in all 4 meetings this season.
“In the end the weekend was pretty good. After a bad qualifying it put me on the back foot and made it very much a damage limitation weekend. I pushed really hard in race 2 to climb up 5 places, and really wanted a podium in race 3 so I was very happy to come away with one. Also it’s a good achievement to have 4 podiums in 4 meetings. Let’s hope this form can continue for the second half of the season, and we can grab that first win! Massive thanks to DMH Motors, DMH Storage, Discount Tyre Worthing and of course my dad for all his support and help.”
Aidan now sits 4th in the overall championship standings at the half way point in the championship and looks forward to the next meeting at Castle combe on the 14th/15th of July.