HILLERY "HAD THE PACE TO WIN" ON THE WAY TO FIRST VICTORY
After a season of mixed fortunes and mechanical woes, HillWood Motorsport's James Hillery broke his duck at Brands Hatch by taking his first circuit racing victory in the Fiesta Junior Championship. Olivia Humphrey caught up with him afterwards to find out how it felt.
So first of all, congratulations on the win - how was the race for you?
Really good, we qualified second for the grid and the tyres came on very well. I didn't have the best of starts and was 3rd throughout the first few laps, but managed to fight through on the Code 60. Then I managed to get a jump on James Waite and from then on pulled in Jack Davidson as the grip from his tyres faded and mine come on, which was even better. Finally I pulled it home to the flag, which was incredible.
At what moment did you know you were going to win the race?
Soon as I got past James (Waite) and soon as I was pulling on Jack (Davidson), I knew that I could get on to the back of him. I knew I had the pace and that I was quicker than him and most of the field at the time. From then on I think I knew that it was mine to lose.
Last season we saw technical issues from your team. What does this win mean to everyone?
Last year we had major problems. We only finished half of the rounds and we are just a small team. We aren't part of a big outfit like Jam-Sport or Specialized. We are privateers, so to get a win or even a podium means so much to us.
Do you think you can repeat this success for the next race?
Hopefully, that's all we are going to try and do for the next meeting at Cadwell.
James went on to score 3rd place in Race 2 and as a result now sits 2nd in the points table. He will be back out for the second meeting of the season at Cadwell Park on May 6th/7th in a bid to add another victory to his tally.
Tickets are available via the Cadwell Park website HERE.