Jake HillFront-running Ginetta Junior Championship competitors Jake Hill and Jake Rattenbury will both be given an opportunity to drive a Protyre Formula Renault BARC single-seater for the first time next week during a two-day test outing with Derbyshire squad Hillspeed.

Kent-based 15-year-old Hill, who has achieved one race victory and two other podium finishes during his first season of car racing in Ginetta Junior this year, will join Hillspeed at Pembrey Circuit in South Wales on Monday, 17th August, for his maiden run in a BARC-specification Formula Renault.

On Tuesday, 18th August, and Wednesday, 19th August, Cardiff-based Rattenbury will take over the car for his first test at the wheel of a single-seater. The 15-year-old Welshman, who has a best result of sixth place so far in Ginetta Junior this year, started racing in 2008 when he debuted in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship-supporting category.

“We’re delighted to have both Jakes out testing with us next week, it’s important to be able to offer opportunities to young aspiring drivers and we’re looking forward to seeing how they both adapt to a single-seater for the first time”, commented Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw.

“Obviously Jake Hill has already taken his first win in Ginetta Junior this year and Jake Rattenbury is a consistent top 10 finisher so they both have speed and ability. Formula Renault BARC will be a totally different challenge from what they’re used to but we’re sure they’ll both do a very good job.”

Hillspeed’s regular Formula Renault BARC racers Ahmad Al Harthy and James Theodore are also expected to take the opportunity to test at Pembrey ahead of the eighth and ninth rounds of the season which will be held at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent, on 22nd/23rd August.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.