Posted: 11 July 2013
Josh Hill has decided to call time on his racing career to focus on music, specifically drumming.
Josh spent the weekend at the Formula 3 Masters event in Zandvoort where he was involved in a racing incident that lead to front wing damage and Josh fell to the back of the field and finished in 15th place.
Josh also suffered this crash in practice for the event which he described as "hefty".
Josh announced his retirement from racing with immediate effect on Tuesday, after seeing the Who in concert in London on Monday night.
"I have enjoyed my time in motorsport thoroughly and would like to thank everyone that has been involved in my racing career over the last 5 and a half years, from Club 100 to European Formula 3. My sponsor, Auden McKenzie, has supported me for the past 2 years and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity they have given me. Fortec Motorsport, MSA Team UK and my personal trainer have helped me enormously and provided me with the education and fitness I needed to get the best results out of each race.
Coming from the Hill family it was inevitable that I would be drawn to racing. I have learned an enormous amount and really enjoyed the experience, but I do not want to compete unless I am 100% devoted. As I now have ambitions in other fields I feel it is the right move to withdraw from racing.
I would like to thank all my fans, both at the racetracks I’ve visited and on Twitter, for their continued amazing support, and most importantly my Dad, family and friends, who have supported me in my decision. It was a tough one to make but I feel other doors are now opening to me. Thank you all very much.”
Damon Hill commented: ”Josh has had a great experience racing in F3 and he can be proud of what he achieved, especially with the podium in Germany. I have been massively impressed by his performances and am so proud of him as a son and a young man, but he has come to the conclusion there are other things in life and has decided to devote more time to pursue his other passions.
Being born into a racing dynasty is not something many of us can easily relate to. It is entirely understandable if Josh has to find out if racing is his main calling or not. We are extremely grateful for all the support he has received from generous sponsors, team members, fans and well-wishers.
So it is with some sadness that we make this announcement. I’m sure there will be many disappointed ‘Hill’ fans out there but we hope they will be understanding and respect Josh’s decision. It is sometimes braver to stop than to carry on. He has my total support as always.”
Fortec team principal Richard Dutton said: ”Damon phoned me yesterday morning and said that Josh had decided to stop and pursue other options.
”We're gutted about it and really disappointed, and obviously surprised, and it's a great shame because he was making such good progress.”
Josh told AUTOSPORT yesterday that ”To stop mid-way through a season is quite an odd thing to do, but when the time comes you've got to do it,”
”I did make my decision before the Zandvoort Masters, but by then it was too late to drop out and I didn't want to let anyone down.”
”I had intended to do the season but, having chatted with dad, unless you're 100 per cent focused on something it's not a good idea to continue, especially in something as dangerous as motorsport.”
Of course music is something that runs in the Hill family. Damon played a guitar solo on the Def Leppard song "Demolition Man" (from the Sylvester Stallone film of the same name).
We'd like to wish Josh all the best with his future endeavours and thank everyone who's visited this site over the last few years.
Posted by Mike at 11/07/2013.
Posted: 05 June 2013
A trip to Austria last weekend for Josh and a blast round the old A1 Ring, now the Red Bull Ring for round 5 of the F3 championship.
Josh retired from the first race with suspension failure whilst team mate Felix Serralles collided with Tom Blomqvist and spun out of the race. Felix Rosenqvist took the win wtih Daniil Kyvat in second and Jordan King gaining his maiden F3 podium in third.
Race 2 saw Josh power through the field to finish in fifth place. Felix Rosenqvist took the win in a truncated race that was stopped on lap 19 when Alex Lynn and Luis Felipe Derani came together in a big accident that saw Lynn's car stranded in the middle of the track surrounded by debris.
Race 3 began with a lap 2 collision that saw a six car pile up requiring the Safety Car to be deployed for six laps whilst the debris was removed. At the restart Josh was down in seventeenth place and managed to gain a position at the restart before climbing back up to twelfth at the chequered flag. Eddie Cheever and Antonio Giovinazzi also crashed out half way through the race as they squabbled for tenth place. Felix Rosenqvist again took the victory ahead of Daniil Kyvat and Lucas Auer
“The weekend was a mixed bag. Qualifying was the best it’s been so far but there were a few strange situations to work on. We made the best of what we had and to take points in race two is really good. I’m looking forward to the next round now and will be pushing hard.”
Labels: Joshua Hill, Formula 3 European, Red Bull Ring, Felix Serrales, Tom Blomqvist, Alex Lynn, Luis Felipe Derani, Felix Rosenqvist, Antonio Giovinazzi, Eddie Cheever, Daniil Kyvat, Lucas Auer, Jordan King,
Posted by Mike at 05/06/2013.
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.