Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport and Jake Hill enjoyed a strong Snetterton qualifying performance as they notched their third consecutive second-row start as the team looks ahead to Rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the 2023 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship tomorrow in Norfolk.
A disrupted qualifying session brought a sense of danger for the series' frontrunners but the Kent-based Hill delivered once again to give himself and the team a good chance of a strong race day at a sun-soaked Snetterton Circuit.
Jake and the WSR-run BMW 330e M Sport enjoyed a productive morning as they closed out both free practice sessions in P4 and P3 respectively.
As qualifying rolled around, the session came to an early stop as a fellow challenger dropped oil on the circuit which caused Jake an early scare in the final sector but he showed expert car control.
The session resumed after a lengthy delay but just as the #24 'Laser Beamer' was getting up to speed, another red flag followed causing another disruption.
The clock ticked towards the ten-minute marker as the track went green once again and Jake set out to post his first representative lap time. An impressive first flying lap jumped Jake into the top four. After cooling and going again, it looked like Jake had jumped stablemate Colin Turkington into P3 only for his lap time to be deleted due to track limits.
As the flag fell, the Laser Tools Racing man closed the session in P4 to mark his third consecutive-second row start of the season.
Race day kick starts tomorrow (Sunday) morning, with live coverage available on ITV4. The races are scheduled for 11:25 (BST), 14:35 and 17:15 respectively.
"It's been another decent day here at Snetterton. The boys and girls at WSR helped me work through a really productive morning to get a good understanding of the tyres as we use all three compounds here. Then into qualifying, we've ended up P4 which puts us right in the mix. It did look like we had secured P3 but our time was deleted due to track limits which was a shame. But P4 is good enough and we can go and get it tomorrow!"
- Jake Hil
“It's been another productive day for the team. We've worked through a good programme in the free practice sessions and the WSR crew have worked hard to keep us at the front all day long. Jake managed a disrupted qualifying session really well and he is firmly in the mix tomorrow to earn some strong points for the Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport team."
- Mark Blundell