The 1997 Barber Dodge Pro Series champion Derek Hill was scheduled to start a two-day test with Kid Jensen Racing at Jerez earlier this week. The American, currently with Italia F3000, plans to drive in International F3000 next year and will participate in a total of eight test days over the next two months. He will rejoin Kid Jensen Racing for a second test at Estoril on October 24th.
Hill is confidant the change of scenery with result in valuable seat time.
"We have put together a program of tests, with several of the leading teams in the FIA 3000 Championship," said Hill. "This will give them a chance to have a look at what I can do and also for me to see how they work and try to identify the best position for the 2001 Championship. Formula 3000 is so competitive and all the teams are very good. So we have to find the best one that will be as competitive as possible in 2001." He continued, "We are starting the tests with Kid Jensen Racing at Jerez, they are a race winning team and we will do three of the eight days with them. I am really looking forward to actually testing a car that I will race next year, just over five months before the start of the season. In recent years my programs have always started late and we have been playing catch up all year. I will have done more miles of testing before the first race in Brazil in 2001, than I have done all season in Italy."
Hill, who now resides in Italy, explains how the deal came about.
"I met the team last year and was impressed with the set-up and their performance in 1999 when they won at Silverstone with Nicolas Minassian. We stayed in contact and now that I have decided to compete in the 2001 International Formula 3000 Championship, it is a good opportunity to see how they work at the track. I acquired a lot of experience in 2000 when I raced in the Italian Formula 3000 Championship and I am looking forward to driving a Lola T50/99."
- Andrew Torres