Jack’s Back to Captain Team HARD. BTCC Campaign

Jack’s Back to Captain Team HARD. BTCC Campaign

Team HARD. Racing are delighted to announce that multiple race winner and fan favourite Jack Goff will remain with the team for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship campaign.

Jack, winner of round 27 of the championship in 2019 will return for another season with Team HARD. Racing of which he made his debut in the series in 2013. Jack will be bringing several experienced personnel to the team to further improve the Kent team’s chances in 2020.

“It’s a pleasure to re-sign for Team HARD. Racing, we made some good progress across the year with limited testing opportunities and with the testing plan we have in place, I am confident of making big strides with the car and the team for the 2020 season.

Tony showed faith in me by putting me in the car at the last moment for the 2019 season, however we knew we would be up against it with no pre-season testing. I’m delighted to be able to repay the team with their first BTCC victory at Silverstone which was the biggest highlight of the year.

I am now looking forward to getting started again with the lads at HQ and my engineer Adam to make sure we hit the ground running at the start of the season.

Lastly I want to thank all of my sponsors and the supporters of the BTCC for making it possible in the first place.”

The team have been working hard to develop the Volkswagen CC which saw an improvement in pace during the second half of the season, consistently challenging the front runners and with Jack at the wheel, took the team’s first ever outright BTCC win at Silverstone.

Managing Director, Tony Gilham is glad to have Jack back for a second successive season and is looking to build on some strong performances in 2019.

“It is great to have Jack back for another season with the team and the Volkswagen CC. 2019 was a whirlwind for Jack after securing the drive just two days before media day but was on the pace right from the get-go and spent the 2019 season as a testing year after missing the entire winter. Despite this he still managed to pick up the teams first overall win in one of the most exciting BTCC races I’ve seen for a while, a moment this team will never forget.

The 2019 scoreboard doesn’t reflect Jack’s performances last season as many times whilst running near the front, accident damage put him out of the points and the race. The fact that Jack isn’t classified in nine of the 30 rounds is testament to the challenging year we all had as a team but that’s touring cars.

We’ve put that behind us now and I’m excited to have Jack onboard and confirmed this early into the winter break, it gives Jack time to run through our winter test programme and make the required changes to suit his driving style.”

Jack will be kept busy over the winter as he works alongside the teams engineering department to bring a host of developments to the all-new 2020 version of the Volkswagen CC. Furthermore, Jack will be present at the team’s scholarship programme to offer media tuition and coaching to its entrants.

Jack is no stranger to Team HARD. Racing and is very much a part of the teams’ history in the BTCC after making is debut with the team in 2013. He drove the teams Vauxhall Insignia to an overall podium plus independent win during his debut season and of course took the teams first victory in round 27 at a wet Silverstone circuit at the end of the 2019 campaign.

Photo Credit: Mat Acton Photography

Team HARD. Racing Return to VW Racing Cup with Four Car Assault

Team HARD. Racing Return to VW Racing Cup with Four Car Assault

With the exciting new 2020 plans for the VW Racing Cup being announced later this month, Team. HARD. Racing have made the decision to re-join the Championship.

Having won the VW Racing Cup Championship in both 2017 and 2018, Team HARD. Racing made a late decision in 2019 to step down from the series to focus on other championships. The team also compete in 18 different race series including the BTCC and have a huge following with much success.

The team have invested in a new premises and have a dedicated program in place for 2020 to operate their VW Racing Cup cars. They will be building all-new cars for the Championship and are keen to talk to any interested drivers.

Managing Director, Tony Gilham said”

After speaking with Stewart [Lines] and hearing the future plans for the VW Cup and its commercial strength for 2020, we decided to make a return to the series. Having won in 2017, 2018 and coming P2 with Mark Wakefield in our car this year we wanted to come back to win back our title. Our plans are to run the VWs like a mini-touring car program with a full works set up.”

Series Director of the VW Racing Cup, Stewart Lines added “This is fantastic news for the VW Racing Cup. Team HARD. Racing have been a regular in the VW Racing Cup for many years and it’s great to see them return in 2020. Our plans for the VW Racing Cup and Sister series, TCT/TCR-UK will be revealed in the next two weeks and it will be fantastic news for anyone thinking of racing with us in 2020.”

‘Into the Night’ for Epps and Clayden

‘Into the Night’ for Epps and Clayden

Michael Epps will join Team HARD. Racing as the team returns to the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship for the final round of the 2019 season. Epps will be joining Ben Clayden in the first of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup entries.

Epps only competed in the first two thirds of the 2019 Ginetta GT4 Supercup series but took multiple podium finishes on his way to 7th in the overall standings before turning to a coaching role for teammate Clayden at the back end of the season.

Epps is looking forward to racing ‘Into the Night’ this weekend. “I’m stoked to be racing again before the season closes. Since I first came to the “Into the Night” race a couple years ago I thought that’d be something I’d like to do when the opportunity arises and now it has.

I’m well acquainted with the G55 GT4 and think we’ll be competitive. It’ll also be very cool to share the track with David Brabham and their new BT62 on its racing debut!”

This will be the first time Team HARD. Racing have raced in the series since the 2018 finale whereby Tom Barley and Simon Rudd took the GT4 class championship.

Team HARD. Racing Managing Director, Tony Gilham is glad to have Epps back in one of his Ginetta race cars. “Mike has been with the team for some time now and I’m delighted that he is with us to end our 2019 season.

Mike had a strong part season in this year’s Supercup championship and was on the pace from the get-go despite having never driven the car before 2019. He has used his wealth of experience to master the Ginetta and share his knowledge with racing newcomer Ben.

They clearly have a great working relationship having spent so much time together and I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on in a competitive environment.”

The Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship series will reach its climax at Brands Hatch on 9th/10th November. With Epps’s inclusion into the series it’s going to be a fascinating weekend. Furthermore, this is one of the few events held in the United Kingdom that finishes at night. What better way to bring the Motorsport season to a close.

Photo Credit: Ian Cutting Photography with Prescott Motorsport

Scott-Dickeson joins ‘Into the Night’ Finale

Scott-Dickeson joins ‘Into the Night’ Finale

Nick Scott-Dickeson will return to Team HARD. Racing with the team re-joining the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship for the final round of the 2019 season. Scott-Dickeson will be joining young Steven Chandler in the second of the teams Ginetta GT4 Supercup entries.

Scott-Dickeson competed in multiple rounds of this seasons GT Cup championship and was one of the drivers that helped the team take the GTA class championship at the first time of asking. Scott-Dickeson also entered last seasons ‘Into the Night’ round with Team HARD. Racing, taking a double podium finish.

Scott-Dickeson is excited to be back in the Ginetta. “I’m Really excited to be ending the year at the ‘Into the Night’ race. It was eventful for me last year with some unlucky mishaps but ending the year on the podium. I’m going into this weekend fully focused for it to end in in a similar manner but this time on the top step.

It’s been a great year for me and Team HARD. Racing and I want to keep this positive momentum going!”

This will be the first time Team HARD. Racing have raced in the series since the 2018 finale where Scott-Dickeson and Ryan Harper-Ellam worked together to secure a double podium finish under the lights of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

Team HARD. Racing’s Managing Director, Tony Gilham sounded confident in Scott-Dickeson’s chances this weekend. “Nick is a delight to have around the team and I’m looking forward to working with him again this weekend.

His experience in combating the Brands Hatch Indy circuit at night will prove invaluable, especially on Saturday as there isn’t any night time testing.

I’d also like to thank the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship for having us back after a year away from the series. We are aiming to be back with a bang and on the top step of the podium.”

The Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship series will reach its climax at Brands Hatch on 9th/10th November. Scott-Dickerson is set to be in action in what is going to be a fascinating weekend. Furthermore, this is one of the few events held in the United Kingdom that finishes at night. What better way to bring the Motorsport season to a close.

Photo Credit: Ian Cutting Photography with Prescott Motorsport

Chandler Back in for Britcar Finale

Chandler Back in for Britcar Finale

Team HARD. Racing will be entering a second Ginetta as the team re-joins the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship for the final round of the 2019 season. The first driver to be announced in the second Ginetta G55 is Steven Chandler who last raced for the team in the GT Cup in July. Since then Steven has joined the team to assist off track building and prepping the Ginetta cars that we will be racing in the Britcar finale.

This will be Chandlers’ first competitive race under the lights of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Chandler has been building and running a Ginetta under the supervision of team manager Elliott Wood over the second half of the 2019 season.

Chandler is raring to go with his new car knowledge. “I’m excited to get back behind the wheel of the Ginetta for the Britcar finale. Since I last raced the car, I’ve started working at Team HARD. Racing HQ building, prepping and running the cars in the GT Cup and Supercup championships. This knowledge and experience of understanding the car is only going to improve my speed and ability to set the car up to suit my driving style.

Lastly, thank you to Team HARD. Racing for the opportunity both on and off track in 2020!”

This will be the first time Team HARD. Racing have raced in the series since the 2018 finale whereby Tom Barley and Simon Rudd took the GT4 class championship.

Managing Director, Tony Gilham is looking forward to seeing Chandler behind the wheel again. “We have been working with Steve throughout the season since his debut in the GT Cup in July. Despite his young age Steve shows great maturity and can handle the pressure of not only racing a car but also running a car on the biggest stage in UK Motorsport.”

The Britcar series will reach its climax at Brands Hatch on 9th/10th November. Steve is set to be in action in what is going to be a fascinating weekend. Furthermore, this is one of the few events held in the United Kingdom that finishes at night. What better way to bring the Motorsport season to a close.