Posted: 21 May 2013
Josh was back in action this weekend on the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch.
Josh had consistent qualifying sessions which saw him line up in P9 for all 3 of the weekend's races. Alex Lynn was also consistent, claiming 3 pole positions!
In race 1 Josh lost a place at the start but fought back to finish in eighth place whilst Alex Lynn and Raffaele Marciello battled for the lead with Lynn taking his maiden F3 win. Team mates Raffaele Marciello and Lucas Auer claimed the last 2 podium spots for a Prema-Dallara Mercedes 1-2-3 finish.
Race 2 saw Raffaele Marciello beat Lynn to the win with Auer in thrid again whilst Josh again finished in eighth place.
Sunday's Race 3 was again a battle between Lynn, Auer and Marciello with Marciello taking the victory only to have it stripped from him hours later. During scrutineering it was discovered that Marciello's car had a smaller first gear than the regulations allow and his car was disqualified. With Lynn spinning off track during the race the victory was inherited by Lucas Auer. Meanwhile Josh was one of 9 drivers to recieve a drive through penalty for improving sector times under yellow flags, including Felix Serrales who was penalized twice! Josh finished in 14th place and 31 seconds behind the leaders.
Posted by Mike at 21/05/2013.
Posted: 07 May 2013
Josh shines in the wet at Hockenheim.
Josh qualified in ninth for round 7 with team mate Felix Serralles on the front row. As the lights went out Felix battled with Alex Lynn for second place and succeed before starting to hunt down front-runner Raffaele Marciello. Serralles couldn't catch Marciello due to the poor visibility and conditions but fought off Tom Blomqvist to maintain second place and a well deserved podium. Josh battled up from ninth place to sixth at the flag in his most assured drive in F3 to date, setting personal best times almost every lap and setting the best final sector time of the race.
Round 8 saw Josh start in ninth again but bolted off the start in a dry race and was up to fifth place almost straight away. Sven Muller made contact with Hill's rear wing but Hill stayed on track and continued to move up the field. Felix Serralles, in fourth place, defended hard against Hill but Josh passed him on the restart after 4 cars came together behind the leading pack. Tom Blomqvist and Lucas Auer were battling for second place and Josh passed them both in a brave overtaking move and took second place. Josh pulled away and held on to second at the flag. Felix Serralles came home fifth.
Josh lined up for Round 9 in P6 but stalled on the grid and had to fight his way back through the field. He finished in thirteenth place with Felix Serralles taking another second place and moved up to fourth in the championship with Josh Hill in ninth place.
Posted by Mike at 07/05/2013.
Posted: 16 April 2013
Josh took part in his second F3 meeting at the weekend at a very wet Silverstone.
Josh had a poor qualifying at Silverstone, ending up in P16 for all the races and blaming a poor tyre choice in Q2 for his position as rain started to fall on the circuit as the session started. All the drivers went for wet tyres but Alex Lynn and Jordan King amongst others took a gamble on slicks and it paid off with Lynn taking pole position, over a second clear of second placed Raffaele Marciello. Harry Tincknell claimed pole for race 1 and race 2 as his fastest and second fastest laps were enough to claim pole for both races.
In race 1 Josh managed to carve his way up to 11th place before an accident with Sven Muller caused Josh to retire on lap 11 with damage to his car's undertray and diffuser. Harry Tincknell won from pole and became the first Britain to win a Euro F3 race since 1984. Alex Lynn was second and championship leader Raffaele Marciello was sixth.
Race 2 was a better race for Josh, moving up to seventh place at the flag with a series of well-timed and well-executed overtakes. Antonio Giovinazzi stalled at the start and collected the cars of Felix Serralles and Jann Mardenborough, blocking the track and bringing out the safety car. Harry Tincknell regained the lead from Felix Rosenqvist at the restart but Rosenqvist reclaimed the lead half way through the race and never looked back, taking a commanding win. Tincknell couldn't keep pace and eventually was passed by Marciello and Lucas Auer.
Rosenqvist swept past pole sitter Alex Lynn and Marciello at the start but Marciello hunted him down and passed Rosenqvist on the penultimate lap to take the lead and the win. Harry Tincknell collided with Josh on the opening lap and Josh was sent into the barriers and retired. Tincknell finished in ninth place.
So overall a weekend to forget for Josh who spends the next few days testing at Silverstone in preparation for the next F3 race on May 4th.
In other news the Josh Hill App is now available for iPhones and features behind the scenes 360 degree videos.
Posted by Mike at 16/04/2013.
Posted: 06 April 2013
Josh made his F3 debut at Monza on March 24th and I was on holiday and couldn't blog about it!
Well I missed Josh's debut in F3 at Monza but there's a good write up on how Josh fared at a very wet Monza on the revamped Josh Hill Racing website. Josh is back in action next weekend at Silverstone and hopefully we'll have race reports for you in a timely manner!
Posted by Mike at 06/04/2013.
Posted: 03 March 2013
Josh and his father, Damon, were featured on Friday 1st March's episode of The F1 Show.
Damon Hill was inducted in to the Motorsport Hall of Fame last week along with his late father, Graham Hill. Josh was on hand to pick up the award for his Grandfather, Graham. Also inducted were Nikki Lauda, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart along with former Lotus owner Colin Chapman.
The F1 Show is available on Sky Go for Sky subscribers.
Posted by Mike at 03/03/2013.