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1st Team HARD Driver announced for 2016

Team HARD. Racing are excited to announce their first driver to sign and confirm their intentions for 2016.

Richard O’Dwyer recently tested two of the newly built Team HARD. VW Golf R Cup cars and after showing some solid pace and development throughout the day, has decided to sign for his first full season of circuit racing. 

Richard will be coming to the VAG Trophy straight from a season in the UK Time Attack series driving a 400bhp MINI Cooper S built by sponsors

He also competed in some single round entries in that same series back in 2010 and 2013.

Richard achieved P3 in the Time Attack championship which was not too bad considering he had turbo failure in one round and a non-attendance in another.

Team HARD. team principal Tony Gilham said “After seeing Richard on track recently at Brands Hatch, we are very much looking forward to seeing what he can do behind the wheel in competitive action. He was on the pace very quickly and posted some very consistent lap times during the day in both cars. We are confident that we can work with Richard to fast track his progress over the coming months.”

Richard said “The VAG Trophy will be the first wheel to wheel racing I’ve done in my racing career. I am hoping to have an advantage in the qualifying sessions from my Time Attack experience and will be looking to pick up the necessary race craft skills as the season goes on. We are aiming to be as much towards the front as possible and will be looking to be competitive right from the start. We will be testing in the new year so we are up to speed from day one.”

Richard has confirmed his first sponsorship deal secured with Airtec Performance Intercoolers ( and is hoping to build partnerships with other companies in the coming months.

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