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Smiley to contest VAG Trophy finale

Team HARD. are very proud to announce Chris Smiley as the latest driver to rejoin them and will make his debut this season in the Final VAG Trophy Round next weekend at Oulton Park.

Chris will take to the wheel of one of the all new Team HARD. built VW Golf GTI-R Cup cars and will get his first laps during the Friday test sessions. 

“Chris is without doubt a top racing driver and very capable of running at the front. We are excited to be working with him again and see where we can take our relationship. It will be interesting to see how he fairs after being out the race seat for a while. Chris was previously racing in the 2014 VW Scirocco R Cup and although there are some characteristics that will be similar, there are also quite a few differences.”

Chris added, “I am very excited about getting the opportunity to drive for team Hard again in the VAG Trophy in one of their new golfs. It will be a new learning curve in a new car. It should be interesting to see how we go and how quickly we can get on the pace.”

After a successful karting career, Chris produced a strong record of results in MINI racing. In 2011 he was a regular race winner in the Scottish MINI Cooper Cup and winner of the Young Driver of the Year Award. After a very competitive season in the 2012 UK MINI Challenge, Chris took 9 victories and 6 lap records on his way to winning the 2013 JCW Cup Championship.

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