Phil Hill prepared for title fight after ‘intense’ opening three rounds

Phil Hill says his level of preparation has stepped up ahead of the final three rounds of the 2018 Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) season, with the Anders Motorsport driver arriving in Budapest this weekend [01-02 September] as the championship leader.

The German karting graduate has finished each of the last four races at the front of the NEC field, the most recent at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps a month ago after fighting his way through from the tail end after a technical problem in qualifying.

Hill also demonstrated the result of a steep learning curve with the 2.0 litre Formula Renault machine, enjoying some hard-fought battles on circuit with a string of Formula Renault Eurocup racers competing on the next step of Renault Sport Racing’s junior single-seater ladder.

The competition will be keen to halt his charge at the Hungaroring, however, with team mate Doureid Ghattas a mere 6 points adrift in the sister Anders-run car, and R-ace GP’s Gabriel Gandulia a further 8 markers back.

“The first half of the season was really intense,” admitted Hill.

“The whole team at Anders Motorsport worked really hard to get the results we deserve. We had a steep learning curve and that won’t stop. This weekend in Budapest I’ll do my best to achieve the same successes that we had in Spa.

“Going into the summer break on a high was really good. I worked even harder on my physical as well as my mental preparation to be even more prepared for the last few rounds.”

After the Hungaroring, the championship will take in further dates at the Nurburgring and Hockenheim.