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Jan

UnBARLEYvable year for TB47

Team HARD Racing can now announce the 3rd driver to confirm their plans for the 2014 season.

Tom Barley will be back with the newly formed Team HARD Racing to follow on from where he left off in 2013. After a whirlwind year and an incredible rise to the top, Tom is now set for a full assault on the VW Cup Championship.

Tom made his debut in the VW Cup last season after a very successful run on the Team HARD scholarship programme and as such was awarded a part funded drive to pursue his dream of one day becoming a Touring car driver. After showing so much potential and a phenomenal rate of improvement, Tom was to get that chance with a very promising test at Snetterton and a BTCC debut at the BTCC season finale at Brands Hatch GP. A front row start at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, leading the race and many top ten finishes were some of the highlights in the VW Cup season. A highest place finish of 4th was just reward for his efforts but just missing out on that elusive podium.

Team Manager Gary Allen said  “Tom is an exciting young talent with so many qualities both on and off track. That is so important in the Motorsport world and to be the complete package is the appeal that teams, sponsors and partners are looking for. No doubt Tom will continue his development and we are confident that he can demonstrate his ability with some real strong performances in the coming season.”

Tom said of the announcement,” To race with Team HARD Racing in 2014 is both a fantastic opportunity and privilege. 2013 was a very special year for me and I’ve got many people to thank for that. Hopefully I can build on last year and work with the team to develop and improve both the new cars and myself as a driver. I will be looking to show that the faith shown in me is justified with some good finishes.”

Tom will receive support from IG, Webster’s Pen Shop and Barley Mcnaughton in 2014 and together will look to make their mark in the championship.

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