The 2018 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Supercup finished the season at the famous Donington Park Circuit in Derbyshire, for the final 3 races of a long 22 race season. Aidan Hills, 22 year old Worthing based racing driver took to the track full of confidence, as he was 3rd in the championship out of after 44 drivers coming into the last race weekend and had already picked up 8 podiums and a race win this season.
Qualifying was wet and Hills loves the slippery conditions. He managed lap times fast enough to see him qualify 2nd and on the front row for races 1 and 2 of the weekend, he stated after qualifying.
“That was a really good Qualy session for us, we had good wet pace in the practice so I knew we would be up the front, so to be on the front row is really good. I would have loved a pole but let’s see what the races bring!”
Race 1 started on Saturday afternoon and it was a dry race. Hills got a good start and maintained his position in 2nd place. He had his team mate Luke Herbert (Bognor Regis) just in front of him and the pair decided to work together to break away from the chasing pack, they did this perfectly and had a big gap to the rest of the field until a safety car bunched them all back up again. After the safety car Hills found himself in a long line of cars from 1st place back to 9th. Unfortunately, Hills got ‘rail roaded’ on lap six due to some contact and found himself back in 8th place. He managed to climb back up 2 positions to finish the race in the top 6 but he was hugely disappointed.
“That was a disappointing race for us, the start went perfectly, myself and Luke managed to execute our plan of working together really well. Unfortunately the safety car ruined the race for us and a little bit of contact sent me from 2nd back to 8th so that didn’t help either. Hopefully it’s going to be wet for tomorrow’s races!”
Race 2 saw Aidan starting again in 2nd position. Overnight rain and a non-stop downpour on Sunday morning left the track in a treacherous condition. Hills got the best start from the front row and managed to swoop around the outside in turn one taking the lead of the race. From this position he never looked back and managed to keep the lead until a red flagged stopped the race. Unfortunately due to the conditions there had been a big accident leaving 2 drivers needing serious medical assistance. This meant the race was stopped and Hills picked up his second win of the season.
Hills said after the race “Obviously that’s not the way I want to win a race with two of my mates going off to hospital and I hope Colin and Sam are both alright. That was probably the worst conditions I’ve ever raced in, in 14 years of doing the sport. It was so hard just to keep the car in a straight line so I’m over the moon to have won a race in such horrible conditions. Hopefully it dries up a bit for race 3 later today.”
By race 3, the weather had cleared up a bit but it was still extremely wet and slippery. This was the reverse grid race which saw Hills starting in 8th position. It was the last race of the season so Aidan was looking to end the season with a bang but it was always going to be difficult starting down in 8th. Hills set about his business very quickly, he got a trademark fast start and found himself up to 3rd after turn one. He immediately found himself in a battle for 2nd position and needed to act fast as he could see the leader pulling away. At the beginning of the second lap, Hills made the move up the inside into turn one and was now in 2nd position. He had already lost over 2 seconds to the leader and set in hot pursuit to catch him up. The pair in the lead traded almost identical lap times until the end of the race and Hills couldn’t quite catch the leader, therefore finished the season with a solid 2nd place.
“Well that’s the end of the season. It’s been an amazing year for us. I wasn’t sure how fast we were going to be this year and I’ve over exceeded any expectations I set myself at the beginning of the season. My goal was to finish in the top 5 in the championship and have a few podiums. We did a hell of lot better than that. I finished the season in 3rd overall which is a great achievement for me. I also had 10 podiums along the way including 2 race wins, so I’m over the moon with how this year has gone. That was by far the hardest, most intense seasons racing I’ve ever had and I couldn’t of done it without the help from my dad, I’ve got to say a big thanks to him for all his hard work over the years, these results are as much his as they are mine, also a big thanks to DMH MOTORS, DMH STORAGE and Discount Tyre Direct for all of the support they gave me this year. Bring on 2019!”