Team HARD. are delighted to announce that it’s VW Cup driver, will pilot one of the VW Passat CC BTCC cars at the up coming tyre test at Snetterton, Norwich.
Bond who currently sits 3rd in the VW Cup standings will jump into Bobby Thompsons car for the second day of the tyre test. With the car and Bobby getting into a groove together at Croft with an immense drive in race 3 the pair are hoping to bring the car forward and extract more pace in preparation for Round 6 in the BTCC which is also at Snetterton.
The Wrightsure Insurance backed driver has had mixed fortunes so far in the VW Cup with a puncture at Silverstone and Fluid on the track at Rockingham preventing him standing on the top step. But Bond is confident that he can help Bobby get the most from his CC “I raced against Bobby last year and we had a good battle to the title, it was decided on the last race of the season. I’ve spoken with Bobby about his experience so far this year in the BTCC and what the car is like, so I can get as much of an understanding of what to expect. I was also asked to attend a shake down before Croft where I got to drive all 4 of the Team HARD. CC’s. This taster has made me even more excited to get behind the wheel.”
Team Boss Tony Gilham said of Bond jumping into the CC “Bond is a great talent behind the wheel which is clear for people to see with some of the drives he has produced over the years in the VW Cup and with the backing of Wrightsure Insurance and Oakleaf Heating I’m sure he will show that natural skill at the test. As part of the driver development programme within Team HARD. it was logical for us to get Bond in the car to see where he sits in relation to other drivers, as we believe he can make the step up from VW Cup just as Bobby has this season. With the similar driving styles, we hope that between them they can unlock some more pace out of the car at the test.”
Bond finished with “I’m so please to be getting into the CC, I’ve driven the old Team HARD. Avensis and the Maximum Ford Focus so I’m looking forward to the feeling the difference in the cars and how I compare to some of the best drivers in the UK.”
The BTCC Tyre test is this Wednesday and Thursday the 11th and 12th of July.
As the week’s countdown until the Legendary Dunlop MSA, British Touring Car Series arrives at Norfolks Snetterton Circuit for Round six of the Championship Series on 28th & 29th July, BTCC’s popular Team Hard will be staging a Tyre Test at the hugely popular Norfolk Venue on July 12th.
Carl Boardley Motorsport in Association with Team Hard and Trade Price Cars are very excited to announce that the former four times World and multi – National Hot Rod Champion, Carl Boardley, will be taking up the option of a seat in one of their striking VW CC 2018 BTCC Chargers for the Test Day to evaluate both Himself and the Car at this highest level of UK Motorsport.
Boardley has never made any secret that he would like to compete in the BTCC Series as shown live on ITV4, should the right Drive and Backing become available at the right time, – and this will give him a chance to show his immense race craft experience in a different machine to his National Hot Rods and Ginetta GT4 Supercup Car.
Boardley commented; “Over the winter we had serious conversations with Team Hard regarding racing one of their CC’s in the BTCC in 2018. One or two pieces didn’t quite fall into place so we continued with the Ginetta GT4 Supercup for 2018 but with an eye firmly on the BTCC in the background. I am super excited that Tony has given me this opportunity to evaluate the Volkswagen CC NGTC at the upcoming Snetterton tyre test day and hope to be up to speed with the new machinery by the end of the day and then see where things take us”.
Tony Gilham, head of Team Hard is equally enthusiastic about the Test;
“Carl has been a breath of fresh air since joining forces with us for this season both inside and outside the car. Carl not only has amazing natural ability and pace but his knowledge and engineering attributes are second to none. Without a doubt one of the best I have worked with during my time in Motorsport.
“He tested one of our BTCC Toyota Avensis’s at the end of last year and we were in advanced talks about doing the BTCC this year. We came very close but then decided to have one last push for the Ginetta Supercup title in 2018 which we are fully supportive of alongside a few of Carl’s guys who are all amazing. So far so good and a triple win last time!”
Following a highly successful National Hot Rod Racing career which saw Boardley nett four consecutive World Titles, Boardley competed in the 2016/17 Ginetta Supercup campaign, technically as a privateer, which saw him take wins at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton with multiple podium finishes along the way. This had to be balanced with heading up the Boardley Roberts Family business and developing the very successful Ginetta National Hot Rod with Boardley Motorsport.
For the 2018 championship, Team HARD have been looking after the day to day running of the Boardley machine which has proved a very successful association with Boardley who has been taking Multi Podium finishes all Series long in 2018 including a triple – win at the recent Croft Round to position him seven points adrift of the Championship Leader, Charlie Ladell at the midway point of the Series as Boardley and Team HARD look to challenge for 2018 honours together.
Tom Onslow-Cole will return to BTCC action at the wheel of one of the Team HARD. built VW CC’s for the Dunlop BTCC tyre test at Snetterton on the 11th July.
Onslow-Cole last raced with Team HARD. back in 2012 in the 1st ever VW CC to appear on the Dunlop BTCC MSA touring car grid and had great success out the box with a 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finish in only it’s 3rd race weekend at Thruxton. The car went on to have lots of success over the last few years and now back at their original home, the team are continuing to work hard to find the sweet spot.
The engineering team have been working hard over the winter and the first half of the season but as yet have only shown glimpses of the ultimate pace needed to compete at the front of the grid. The competition is very tough nowadays with a number of drivers capable of winning, so the need to find the perfect set up is critical. Bringing Onslow-Cole in to the fold will hopefully help the team find what it has been missing as they look to build on their promise.
Onslow-Cole said, “The BTCC is bigger and better than ever and although I have been away from the grid building a successful GT career, the appeal of the BTCC never goes away. It will be interesting to drive one of the new RML specification touring cars and see how they have changed over the last few years. I have always kept in touch with Tony and the team and the invitation to come down to help the team progress further was too good an opportunity to miss.”
Tony Gilham added, “Tom is a very professional and proven racing driver in many disciplines and so to get him in to work with us to develop the BTCC car with his touring car experience is a no brainer. Not only that but he has driven the car previously and we believe Tom can add a massive amount to our programme. It’s no secret we have invested a lot of time and money into the cars over the winter, so we need and want to find the maximum possible from the cars. It has been a tough start to the season and we haven’t achieved so far what we set out to do. We have some developments to bring to the table and hope to find what we are looking for.”
Onslow-Cole continued, “I recently met with Tony and the team to discuss what we will be working towards on the day and I feel that I can help them in the areas required. It will be very interesting to see how we end up at the test and go from there. I’ll always have a place in my heart for the BTCC and would never rule out a return at some point as long as it fits in and around my other commitments both on and off track.”
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