BRDC Rising Star Jake Hill completes Team HARD. Racing 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship line-up
22 year-old Jake Hill will race a Team HARD-entered VW Passat CC in this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the Kent-based racer targeting regular points finishes, and to build on his impressive 2016 campaign.
Hill made a strong impression on fans, media and his fellow competitors, taking his Toyota Avensis into the top ten on seven occasions with a best result of 5th place at Silverstone, last year and is excited at the prospect of putting his first years’ experience to good use.
“It’s fantastic to know I will be back with the team and continuing my journey with them. I am hugely grateful to Tony (Gilham) RCIB Insurance, AutoAid Breakdown and TAG Industries for working to get me back on board for this season, and equally have some incredible support from Sportif Motor Group, Brisky Racing and our new partners Rolec Electrical Contractors.
Last season I learned a huge amount and felt we made some strong progress. We worked really well as a team, and it’s really significant having continuity with the crew and the partners. It’s great to be racing the Passat CC, with the latest RML equipment as I think it will be strong at lots of circuits The aim is to get points regularly, try and qualify well and be in the mix at every event. We are all hugely ambitious, and both Mike (Epps) and Will (Burns) will be quick and I’m sure we will all push each other hard all season”
Team principle Tony Gilham is excited about retaining Hill for 2017 “Jake was really strong last year and got the absolute maximum from the car. The team worked really well with him and with the new cars I’m confident all three of our drivers will be in the mix. All of our partners are delighted to have Jake back to continue the progress with us”
Hill hopes to be testing the revitalised Passat soon and has his focus on arriving at the Season Launch in Donington Park on March 16th in the best possible shape for 2017.
“I am working hard to make sure I am ready, and we aim to get to Donington next Month in great shape and hopefully competitive from the outset. It’s going to be really tough and unpredictable but this year I have 30 races under my belt and that counts for a lot. It’s my birthday next month but I feel I have got a pretty special early present! Can’t wait!”
Look out for some new and exciting initiatives to come from Jake and Team HARD. throughout the season including the opportunity to drive the NGTC Toyota Avensis as driven by Jake in the 2016 BTCC Championship in full race trim.
Team HARD Racing are very proud to announce an exciting pairing for their 3rd Britcar Endurance entry and a further extension of their young driver programme. Angus Dudley and Callum Hawkins-Row will team up to form what we feel will be a formidable partnership and the start of a very long and successful GT racing career. They are both way ahead of their years off track and have the pace on track to really mount a championship assault in their debut year in senior racing. They both competed at the front of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship in 2016 to learn the ropes and will now step up to take the wheel of a fully refreshed Ginetta G55 in the endurance category.
Callum said “I am thrilled to be competing in the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship, driving the fantastic Ginetta G55 as a full time driver for Team Hard. Following the successes in the 2016 Fiesta Junior Championship, I am looking forward to the challenges involved in moving from sprint racing to endurance racing as I move into senior competition. I have a fantastic driver partner in Angus Dudley, whom I already have a great working relationship with. Such an amazing opportunity only comes from the ongoing belief and support from my business partners, sponsors, family and friends and I look forward to developing a new relationship with RCIB insurance, Amber Motorhomes and others as I move forward this season. I can’t wait to get started and repay the faith that Tony Gilham has shown in me as a fully fledged member of the Team Hard racing family.”
Tony Gilham added “Callum has been known to the team for a number of years now and was a part of our young driver programme last year racing with one of our working partners Jamsport in the Fiesta juniors. He has outstanding natural ability and is super quick so it will be very interesting to see how he develops and matures in a whole new area of motorsport. It will be very important that we really focus on consistency and concentration for the longer races.” “We have also been in regular communication with Angus over the winter break and it is quite clear just how much he wants this and his whole approach has been very impressive. We are under no illusion that this will be a big step up but we believe that it will prove to be a positive move for them both as we look to build their profile as well as all round driver ability. It is all important nowadays to be the complete package and we will work very hard to make sure that we leave no stone unturned with their development.”
Angus commented “I am ecstatic about joining Team Hard Racing for the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship. After my maiden season in cars last year racing in the Junior Fiesta Championship with the superb team at Jamsport, the move to rear wheel drive Ginettas will be an incredibly exciting challenge. I know Callum off and on the track and am delighted to be racing alongside him in this awesome championship. I am so grateful to Tony and all at Team Hard for this opportunity and will be working hard to make them proud. Here’s to a successful 2017!”
Britcar are very pleased to announce the second Team HARD. pairing in the Dunlop Endurance Championship for 2017. Following a successful début for the team in the recent night race at their local circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent, they have decided that they would like to support the continued growth of our reinvented Britcar Championship into 2017 and beyond – and even more excited to have secured a deal that will see Darron Lewis and Tommy Knight pairing up in what they believe will be another very strong partnership.
Team director Tony Gilham said “Darron stays with us following a very successful debut year in the VAG Trophy finishing runner up and realistically should have taken the championship win looking back now. Darron knows that and will be looking to build on the experience gained as he aims for the Britcar championship in 2017. He is lightning quick and on his debut in the Ginetta was a class act and showed outstanding pace and consistency which is all important for endurance racing.”
Darron said “I am really excited to rejoin Team HARD for a second year and even more so that I am returning to rear wheel drive having sampled the Ginetta in the Brands night race. When the opportunity came up to drive the Ginetta with Tony and the team it was something I couldn’t turn down. This will be my 2nd year with the team and I’m enjoying every minute and can’t wait to get going again.”
Alongside Darron will be Tommy Knight who we have also enjoyed a great relationship with over this season. Tony continued “Tommy is also a very capable driver and we believe that he will also have the pace and consistency to match the front runners and so be competing for silverware from the off. If we can increase the confidence and self-belief in Tommy we will really see the potential that we have recognised shine through”
Tommy said “I’m so excited to be back with Tony and the rest of the team again for a second season. It’s also a return for me to rear wheel drive machinery and I absolutely loved my experience racing at the end of last season. The Ginetta is an amazing car and I cannot wait to get back out in it, especially, as it looked very much like I wasn’t going to be racing this year. I‘ll be working as hard as possible to make sure we are in the fight for the Championship.”