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Damani Marcano signed to Team HARD

Team HARD are delighted to announced its continued backing of Damani Marcano into 2016. One year ago, aged 15, Damani Marcano was the youngest driver ever to be signed to Team HARD and the first to be signed to their 2015 young driver development programme.

Damani broke records throughout 2015 in the VAG Trophy where he was the youngest driver to ever compete, the youngest driver to ever qualify on the front row and achieve a fastest-lap in this national saloon car racing series – huge for a driver of just 16.  Damani also delivered outstanding performances as the only driver in the fiercely competitive 2015 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup who is too young to hold a road-driving license. 

Tony Gilham of Team HARD comments: “Damani is a huge asset to Team HARD, both on and off the track. At just 16 years old, he demonstrates an inspirational work ethic to everything he puts his hand to. His talent on track was underlined by how rapidly he developed with so little track-time. We feel that more track time and experience is crucial to Damani’s future development up the racing ladder. The foundations are laid and we are proud and excited to offer an extension of our support of Damani for 2016.”

On his expectations for 2016 Damani Marcano comments; “Team HARD gave me an amazing opportunity in 2015 and I knew that the best way to show how grateful I am was to make the most of it for both me and the team. This year I have had to study for my GCSEs, train hard and learn to drive and race a car. It has been the most challenging and the most amazing experience of my life. I can’t wait for the 2016 season with Team HARD. I’ve grown a lot from my experiences this year and next year I’m going in harder, faster and stronger.”

Tony Gilham adds: “Damani’s successes in 2015 weren’t just on the track but off the track too. His interactions with the media, his on stage presence as an invited guest at car shows, coverage in newspapers and magazines delivered levels of exposure for the team, our sponsors and his, that were well beyond expectations. Damani proved to everyone what I saw in him – he is the complete package as a driver and it’s our pleasure to continue working with him.”

Currently the team is reviewing which series will be best for Damani’s development, with a long-term plan to take Damani to the British Touring Car Championships in a few years. 2016 will be another crucial step in that direction, building on this years’ experience. Ensuring that Damani gains as much track time and race experience as possible to accelerate his already rapid development is central to Team HARD’s strategy. 

Even with the substantial funding from Team HARD, the options may be increased by the additional funding that Damani raises through sponsorship. Marcano’s media coverage and on-track talents have already attracted interest from brands keen to be a part of his future. With support and experience such as this we can expect yet more rapid development from Marcano in 2016.
Watch some of Damani’s highlights on his YouTube channel

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