Team HARD. announce GKR Scaffolding as partner for the 2018 Team HARD Racing Scholarship Programme.
The programme will now become the ‘GKR BetterFuture Scholarship’. GKR’s investment means that the scholarship winner will have the chance to test one of the VW CC British Touring Cars at the end of the 2018 race season.
GKR was Bobby Thompson’s platinum sponsor as he became the VW Cup champion last season. As industry leaders in a high performance, skilled environment, GKR focus on growing and developing capabilities and careers via their BetterFuture programme.
As with their investment in Bobby, this partnership will demonstrate natural progression through Team HARD, from grassroots and junior racing to becoming a professional racing driver.
In what is a very tough industry to find support and investment, Team HARD can now offer this whilst assisting the winner in their journey up the motorsport ladder.
The competition will consist of a full day for each entrant at the Croft race circuit between February 19th and February 23rd. There will be on track driving assessments in a GKR VW Cup car with professional instructors. Competitors will also undergo fitness/reaction tests and a media exercise. The top 10 drivers from the competition over the week will be invited back for the final shootout. The winner will compete in the GKR Racing car in the 2018 VW Cup.
Tony Gilham, Owner of Team HARD Racing added:
“It is refreshing to work closely with people that have the same vision as us and companies that want to help create a better future in their respected industries. Between us, we are able to offer a very unique opportunity for up and coming racing drivers. With the support of GKR Scaffolding, we can provide opportunities through the scholarship programme with the added incentive of a BTCC test for the winner. It takes everything to a whole new level.
The scholarship is filling up fast with only limited spaces available. We now expect the remaining places to be taken up very quickly.”
Neil Rowswell, Director at GKR Scaffolding said:
“We have two core values within our business that fit naturally with motorsport – building high performance teams and a commitment to constant improvement.
It’s investment in developing people and their skills that is at the heart of our BetterFuture programme. Extending this outside the business allows us to play an active part in a sport that interests us as well as create a better future for an individual with genuine talent.”
Team HARD. are very excited to announce that following a very successful test last Friday at Snetterton, Adam Hatfield will race Jake Hill’s Toyota Avensis BTCC car as it completed the 2016 season in this weekend’s Britcar Sprint category at Oulton Park on the International Circuit.
Adam has been racing for us for the second half of this season and has impressed everyone with his all-round performance both on and off track. He has competed in the British GT Championship at the wheel of one of our Ginetta G55 machines as well as debuting our VW Passat CC Cup car recently at Donington Park in Britcar taking a win in class at his first attempt.
Tony said “Adam has a very professional attitude to racing and brings with it the pace and consistency that is an essential ingredient in become a top-level racing driver. We are assessing many options for 2018 and have some amazing opportunities that we can work on together. For now, we focus on this coming weekend and it will be very interesting to see how it fairs against the other cars in class such as a current TCR specification car and so on. “
Adam added “I’m really excited to be racing the Toyota Avensis BTCC car this weekend at Oulton in Briotcar. Last week’s testing at Snetterton was great and I started to feel comfortable in the car more and more as the day progressed. A big thanks to Tony and the team for this unique opportunity to race what is a current spec touring car.”
The Toyota Avensis will compete in full BTCC 2016 race trim with the GPRM specification sub frame and suspension components. The Britcar Championship allows us to make use of what is a very special car and one that is rare now that most people have updated their cars to the latest RML specification. We are very much looking forward to seeing the car back on track especially in the Teams own colours.
Adam Shepherd of Braintree, Essex will step up to the Britcar Endurance Championship for the next round at Oulton Park on October 20th and 21st.
Adam will be competing alongside Darron Lewis making this a very formidable pairing as they look to make up ground on the current championship leaders. They will be driving one of the Team HARD. Racing prepared Ginetta G55’s that has already been very successful this year with race wins and multiple podiums along the way.
Tony said “Adam has already had lots of success over the last three seasons with becoming the 2015 Civic Cup Champion, 2016 Tegiwa M3 Cup champion and the 2017 M3 Cup champion. This will be a natural progression for him as we assess all options for 2018 and beyond. We are already in advanced talks with partners and are putting together a competitive package for another championship assault next season. We have been in communication for some time now and having met Adam a couple of years ago on our scholarship, we have kept a very close eye on his development. It is quite clear that he is a star of the future and already a multiple champion. I am very much looking forward to working with Adam and seeing how far we can take him up our motorsport ladder”
This has all been made possible by the continued support of ME7 limited who has been a very important part of Adam’s motorsport journey so far and will have their name featured on the Ginetta for next weekend.
Adam added “Coming off the back of winning 3 consecutive championships in 2015, 2016 & 2017, I was looking to move up to the Ginetta GT4 Supercup with Team Hard for 2018. When I was offered the opportunity to drive in the final round of the Britcar Endurance championship at Oulton Park, with championship honours on offer, I could not resist. It’s a big jump to the Ginetta G55 which is a complete new beast to the M3 which I’ve been racing over the past two years, along with my first time on slicks, but I cannot wait to get out there and see what I can do for the team. I would like to say a massive thanks to my headline sponsor ME7, without them I wouldn’t have been racing this year let alone taking this step up.
Jordan, from ME7 commented “We are all very much looking forward to the final britcar round this weekend at Oulton park. We have been on the motorsport journey with Adam over the past year in the M3 Cup, being his title sponsor, and have achieved great success together and are now eager to see what the future holds and what else we can achieve as a team”
Tony Gilham and Team HARD. Racing are offering YOU the opportunity to win a fully funded works drive for the 2018 Volkswagen Racing Cup. A Prize fund that is worth in the region of £100,000.
Following a very successful year in which we secured the championship win in the VW Racing Cup, we have decided to run our scholarship programme again after a short break.
Win the opportunity to race in a Team HARD. VW Golf GTI R Wide body cup car fully race prepared and built to the latest specification.
A fully funded drive for the 2018 race season in the VW Racing Cup on a full arrive and drive basis to include championship entry, race entry fees, 10 test days throughout the season, all test and race fuel, fully qualified staff and support, race car hire, full tyre allocation and VIP race weekend hospitality for you and up to 3 guests.
Full In-house management, sponsorship introduction and representation from Tony Gilham and Team HARD. as part of our full driver development programme.
This Scholarship is open to anyone over the age of 16 with a senior race licence (no upper age limit) or anyone without a race license that holds a full UK driving license to try and find the next racing champion. However, if you currently hold a race licence please call to discuss your eligibility.
Tony Gilham of Team HARD, said: “I’m very proud to launch our 2018 competition. The previous Scholarship went very well and we found some amazing talent and so signed several drivers off the back of it. Having worked my way up from the MR2 championship through the VW Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and into the BTCC, I understand how difficult it is to get a start in motorsport. So, to be able to offer someone this opportunity is an absolute pleasure for us. I will be one of the judges in the final and I cannot wait to help give someone their break in motorsport. We have learnt from the last time we ran the scholarship and this time round we will make sure it is bigger and better for everyone involved.”
The VW Racing Cup is a perfect stepping stone to move up the saloon car racing ladder at we now have the complete journey available in house at Team HARD. Racing.
The top 3 drivers will all win a prize:
- 1st place will receive a fully funded season in the 2018 VW Cup Championship, their national B race licence (if required) and a full 12-month management programme.
- 2nd place will be given the opportunity to obtain their national B race licence (if required) and a full test day in a VW Cup car.
- 3rd place will be given the opportunity to obtain their national B race licence (if required) and take part on a Team HARD track day.
The competition will consist of a full day for each entrant at the Croft race circuit between February 19th and February 23rd. There will be on track driving assessments at the wheel of one of our VW Cup cars with professional instructors as well as a fitness/reaction test and a media exercise. The top 10 drivers from the competition over the week will be invited back for the final shootout on a suitable date for all finalists.
The price to enter this competition is £499.
For more information, dates and to pay the £250 (non-Refundable) deposit please call (01634) 712221. The balance will be due by Monday January 15th a month before the competition takes place.
Please note there are limited spaces available (on a first come first served basis) and the days will be scheduled to suit each individual from the available dates mentioned above.
Before the last race of the season we spoke to Team HARD BTCC driver Jake Hill:
How long have you been in motorsport?
I have been around motorsport since i was 12 days old as my Dad was racing Formula ford but i have been racing cars since 2008 and been around the TOCA paddock since i was about 10.
What made you want to become a racing driver?
I have always wanted to race nothing else has crossed my mind with what i want to do.
How did you get to where you are now ie. What championships have you raced in?
By working very hard non stop and i have racing in Ginetta Jr, Ginetta G50 cup, Ginetta G55 Supercup, Porsche Carrera cup, British GT, Porsche Mobile 1 Supercup, BTCC and a few other small championships.
Do you have a favourite driver/ driver you aspired to be when you were younger?
Always looked up to my Dad but Ayrton Senna was the one of course most people looked up to.
How is your season going so far?
Some awesome results but also a lot of (what could have beens) so not a bad year but not the best, however its still not over!
What is it like driving for Team HARD?
Challenging, being a small family run team we struggle to keep with the works teams in BTCC but i still manage to bring the fight to them and the team are behind me all the way.
What are your ambitions for the future?
To win Le Mans 24hr and to become a touring car champion.
What is your favourite car you have driven?
By far it has to be the only car i idealise. the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR
What is your favourite racing car?
By far again the Mercedes SLS GT3 car
What is your favourite circuit?
Brands Hatch GP or Portimaeo
What is the best thing about being a racing driver?
Being able to drive cars you can only dream about and be in a position to drive them as fast as they will go, being a racing driver is all about the driving for me not what comes with it, those few minutes when i am Racing is when i am truly at my happiest.