Saturday, May 25, 2024

Frustrating weekend at Brands Hatch for Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport

LASER Tools Racing with MB Motorsport endured a tough weekend in the second round of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. 

Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport and their WSR-run BMW 330e M Sport made the trip to the shortest circuit on the calendar, Brands Hatch Indy, and headed to the Kent circuit with the aim to continue the podium scoring form from Donington Park two weeks prior. 

Beginning the second round of the season on Saturday with the weekend’s two practice sessions, Jake Hill finished the two practices in 6th and 10th place respectively as preparations for race day and qualifying began. 

Heading into qualifying, Jake would have to battle a reduction of hybrid deployment due to his 3rd place championship position and the impact of Jake’s lack of hybrid was evident in qualifying as he had to settle for twelfth on the grid. 

The opening race day of the season got off to a blistering start as Jake got a fantastic launch of the line and was instantly on the attack in Sunday’s opening race. Continuing to show great pace and pulling off brave overtakes, Jake made brilliant progress as he rose the order from 12th on the grid to 5th place at the chequered flag – with Jake being promoted to 4th after a post-race penalty was handed out. 

Replicating his strong start from race one, Jake was again on the front foot as he moved himself up to the podium positions in the opening laps. Continuing his charge towards the front, Jake found himself running P2 when he was locked in a fierce battle with his rivals. 

Unfortunately for Jake, he found himself on the receiving end of several hard hits from rivals and eventually was forced into retirement from the race with damaged steering.

That result put him on the back row for race three, but he came through to 12th to round out a turbulent day at Brands Hatch. 

Jake now departs Brands Hatch 4th in the Drivers’ Championship with 59 points, as we head to Snetterton (25 – 26 May) for the third round of the  2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. 

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