Damon Hill enjoys comeback – but no plans for more

Damon Hill and old F3 pal Martin Donnelly compare notes after the race

Damon Hill says he has no thoughts of a proper racing comeback – or perhaps doing a 24 hour race with son Josh – despite showing well in the VW Scirocco-R Cup at Brands Hatch last weekend.

Hill, who retired from F1 at the end of 1999, took part in the DTM support event for charity. He was joined by a group of contemporaries known as the ‘Rat Pack,’ all of whom have various degrees of F1 experience, and who were rather kindly classified as ‘Legends’ by VW.

Other previous occupants of the VW VIP cars include Arie Luyendyk, Patrick Tambay and Martin Brundle.

Despite his lack of knowledge of FWD touring cars Hill was actually fastest overall in free practice, ahead of all the young hotshoes. In qualifying proper Mark Blundell was quickest of the Rat Packers in fifth, ahead of David Brabham (7th), Martin Donnelly (10th), Hill (11th), Perry McCarthy (24th) and Julian Bailey (26th).

In the race Hill pitted for damage inspection after being hit from behind, and while he returned to the track he decided after a few laps that there was no point in continuing and possibly getting in the way of the leaders.

Brabham meanwhile won the class in fifth overall, ahead of Blundell (6th) and Donnelly (10th), while McCarthy and Bailey trailed home in 21st and 24th.

“I tell you what, it’s lovely to drive a race track on your own,” Hill told this blog. “But not when you’ve got a bunch of aggressive young guys. And very old guys as well!

“I loved the driving, I have to say I did love the seat of the pants stuff and just playing with the car, but it’s the aggressive racing I didn’t like. I got hit so hard from behind I thought I’d crashed into the wall backwards, but there was no damage. I couldn’t believe it.

“It’s been fun, but I think it reminded me of why I stopped racing as well. There’s more lows than highs…”

Hill and his colleagues were competing on behalf of the learning disability charity http://www.halowproject.org.uk.

The organisation is also behind an endurance kart event at Daytona Sandown Park on June 28th. More details of how to enter a team from Di Bird, mother of Merc F1 tester Sam, at di.bird@halowproject.org.uk.

Damon, wearing borrowed white helmet, looks confident before the start!

Six ‘legends’ on the podium, albeit three of them only as presenters!

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