Team HARD. Racing have teamed up with the GKR Scaffolding #BetterFuture programme to offer YOU the opportunity to win a fully funded works drive for the 2020 Volkswagen Racing Cup season. 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 Volkswagen Racing Cup for the third time and for the second year in succession 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 2020 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 and full tyre allocation
Full In-house management, sponsorship introduction and representation from Tony Gilham and Team HARD. Racing 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 be running the Scholarship program again for 2020. The previous Scholarship went very well and we found some amazing talent and 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 as we now have the complete journey available in house at Team HARD. Racing.”
The 2018 winner Ethan Hammerton has enjoyed great success taking multiple podiums in the Volkswagen Racing Cup before graduating to the UK’s premiere racing series, the British Touring Car Championship.
Ethan said “The Team HARD. Racing with GKR Scaffolding scholarship is a fantastic event and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
I learnt an array of skills from driving improvements to media interaction, it really is an extensive test and learning process. Thanks to Tony and the team I now have BTCC experience which 12 months ago I could only have dreamed of.
Winning the scholarship has enabled me to get my name on the Motorsport map and in doing have acquired many new sponsors and partners that are now helping me compete in the Renault UK Clio Cup series in 2019, with Team HARD. Racing of course.”
The top 3 drivers will all win a prize:
1st place will receive a fully funded season in the 2020 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 one of the UK’s top circuits (TBC). 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 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 at the end of the 2019 season.
To reserve your place on our 2019 scholarship programme, follow the link below.
Joshua Jackson will return to the Volkswagen Racing Cup on a full-time basis in 2019 with the team. He joined the team for the Croft round in 2018 and was very impressive, qualifying 3rd on debut.
Joshua was one of the teams 2018 GKR #BetterFuture backed scholarship finalists before taking five wins in the opening six rounds of the MX-5 Super Series. The team also rewarded Joshua by drafting him into the teams British GT setup for rounds three, four and five of the series to partner Ben Wallace. The pair achieved two top 10 finishes which is no mean feat in a series littered with manufacture backed entries.
Managing Director of Team HARD. Racing, Tony Gilham was pleased to finally get this deal across the line. “Joshua is a fantastic talent who not only offers speed on track but a great deal of feedback off it.
Joshua was lightening quick in 2018 in both our Ginetta G55 and our Golf R which he will be driving again this term. With more track time this season I am confident that Joshua will be running up the front from the outset.
I think we have assembled the strongest driver line up the championship has ever seen for this season. All four of our drivers have a winning pedigree and we are aiming to dominate the championship this year.”
This will be Joshua’s first season competing in a front wheel drive car and he is relishing the challenge. “I’m looking forward to a new challenge for 2019 entering my first season in a front wheel drive car and what better championship to start with than the VW Cup.
Big thanks to Tony Gilham and Team Hard. Racing for the opportunity to join their fantastic team full time for 2019. With the team coming off the back of winning the championship for the last two years, it will be a great place for me to enter the championship.
The team has a great track record and all three team mates are previous race winners in the championship including the reigning champion. No doubt there will be a lot to learn, but I am looking forward to the challenge and hope to build on each race as the season progresses and hopefully be fighting towards the front during the season.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my partners Simon Woods of Garth Road MOT Centre who always believes in me; Brisky Racing and also Orange racing for supporting me; and Bodyclinic for getting me race fit.”
The signing of Jackson adds further competition within the teams Volkswagen Racing Cup line up for 2019. The team enter the series as back-to-back champions after securing the title with BTCC Graduate Bobby Thompson in 2017 and returning champion Jamie Bond last season. Joshua will be looking to make it a hat-rick of titles for the team in 2019 but faces stiff competition from his team-mates, let alone rival teams. It’s going to be a fascinating season.
Former British Touring Car Championship racer Mike Epps will enter the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup for the first time this season with Team HARD. Racing.
Epps’ entry into the GT4 SuperCup will mark not only his debut in one-make Ginetta competition but also his first full foray into GT racing, though he makes the transition with a strong pedigree across single-seater and tin-top championships in recent years.
A former race-winner in the USF2000 open-wheel championship in America, the Hemel Hempstead based driver secured four victories in the Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2015 before starting a two year spell in the British Touring Car Championship with Team HARD. Racing.
Epps, who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday (12th March), impressed in the BTCC on a tight budget, securing multiple top ten results across the two seasons and impressively coming runner-up in the 2016 Jack Sears Trophy to 2017 overall champion-to-be Ash Sutton.
Epps’ best result came with a standout fifth overall in the 2017 season finale at Brands Hatch as he secured eighth in the final Independent Drivers’ standings, before a maiden campaign in the Renault UK Clio Cup last year featured a pair of podium positions.
Mike Epps: “After the winter I’ve had, I’m pleased to be starting the season and competing in such a great championship as the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup. Finding budget for this year has been harder than ever and after being let down a few weeks ago, I was close to not racing at all in 2019.
“Luckily with my help of my loyal partners, Tony Gilham and Team HARD. Racing, we’ve bounced back and I’m massively thankful to them. The team has evolved in recent years and I’m confident there is a strong package to hand here with a quick ‘Pro’ team-mate alongside me in Tom Barley.
“While this is a first move into GT competition, I’m comfortable driving in rear-wheel drive GT cars with aero through my single-seater experience. I’ve had a handful of laps in both wet and dry conditions in a Ginetta G55 GT4 and it’s a satisfying car to drive.
“At the moment we’ll be doing this race-by-race, but hopefully we’ll be able to secure the rest of the season budget with some good momentum and results. Thank you to everyone who’s made this possible and I can’t wait to get started at Brands Hatch.”
Epps, who also works as a driver coach and supports a number of drivers in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, joins features fellow Pro Class runner Tom Barley and Am duo Paul Taylor and Darron Lewis in Team HARD. Racing’s GT4 SuperCup entry.
Tony Gilham, managing director: “Mike enjoyed great success with us in previous years with four wins in the 2015 Volkswagen Racing Cup championship, Jack Sears runner-up in 2016 and finished the 2017 BTCC campaign as our highest place driver.
“I’m glad to have Mike back with the team, he’s a fan favourite and it would have been a great shame to not see him involved in the TOCA package this season. He’s tested the car on multiple occasions with us over the winter and is looking quick; Mike is a quick peddler in any car he gets in. I honestly believe that both himself and his ‘pro’ team-mate Tom [Barley] have a great shot at the title this season.
“The team are looking for a clean sweep in 2019 as we push for both the ‘pro’ and ‘am’ titles. It’s an exciting year for the team and Mike is at the forefront of that excitement.”
The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup is Ginetta’s flagship championship, with a two-class structure for Professional and Amateur drivers. In 2019, the series will be contested over eight race weekends in support of the British Touring Car Championship.
Lee Keeler, from Biddenden, who will be entering his second full season in the BTRDA Rallycross Championship in 2019 has joined the Team HARD. Racing programme.
Lee started out in the series in 2017 competing in selected rounds with his Citroen Saxo VRS before completing a full campaign last season finishing a fine 5th in class. Lee is putting himself in the best shape possible to stake a claim on the 2019 title with shakedown and multiple tests already completed prior to the season.
Lee believes that Joining the Team HARD programme can only lead to greater things as he looks to push up the rallycross ladder in seasons to come. “With only a couple of weeks until round 1 of the BTRDA Rallycross Championship, LKRX are delighted to have agreed a partnership with Team Hard. Racing as they are a massive brand within the racing community.
The team is growing rapidly and to be the only Rallycross Driver with their backing is both an honour and exciting, I can’t wait to get working alongside them this year!
A big thank you to Tony Gilham and team for jumping on board with us for our journey up the rallycross ladder.”
Managing Director, Tony Gilham is delighted to be helping more enthusiastic racers progress through the ranks. “I find it very rewarding to help talent make a name for themselves in racing. When I was a racer with very limited budget, I would have loved to have been welcomed by an established team help me progress.
When Lee approached me, I knew this would be an exciting opportunity. The hustle and bustle of rallycross is great, and it is one of the most exciting forms of motorsport currently out there. I’m looking forward to working with Lee and seeing how he gets on this season!”
You can check on Lee’s progress this season via his social media channels, namely Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LKRX-100628430554918/) for updates throughout what is going to be a fascinating season.
Jade Edwards will join the Team HARD. squad for her third season in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2019 and says podium results are her target.
Jade will team up with fellow ‘fans’ favourite’ Max Coates and newcomer Ethan Hammerton in the Team HARD. line-up.
She is scheduled to begin testing her car next week in early preparation for the opening two rounds of the 2019 Clio Cup season at Brands Hatch in Kent on the weekend of Sat 6/Sun 7 April.
All 18 of the Clio Cup’s rounds will take place at the British Touring Car Championship’s events which are broadcast LIVE on free-to-air TV channel ITV4 as well as on-line. Trackside crowds average over 38,000 people per event.
Jade, the daughter of 2000 Clio Cup Champion Jim Edwards Junior, experienced highs and lows during 2018’s season…
She regularly ran inside the top ten – a pair of fifth place finishes were her best results – but she was also involved in a couple of high-profile accidents.
The 28-year-old from Northampton commented: “I’m delighted to be able to announce this deal – Team HARD. boss Tony Gilham has been a huge help and so have two of my existing sponsors, Candeo Vision and Spectra Analysis, who have remained incredibly loyal.
“I was determined to return to the Clio Cup; the competition is always there which brings credibility and there’s some unfinished business – 2018 wasn’t a reflection of my true form. I want to put that right this season and podiums have to be the goal.
“There’s a bit of history to being on the grid this year, too – my father won the first Clio Cup title in the championship’s current guise so I’d like to uphold family honour by doing well in the category’s final season.”
Jade’s deal with Team HARD. means she is renewing a previous partnership with Coates, who came close to winning the title last year.
She continued: “We were team-mates in my debut season in 2017 and we get on really well, but Max has also got great knowledge when it comes to car set-up as well as obvious pace so that can only help me.
“We also both put a lot of work in for sponsors and fans so I believe we will have a very strong line-up both on and off the track.”
Tony Gilham said: “We’re really excited to have finally been able to get a deal signed to welcome Jade in to the Team HARD. family and support her for the 2019 Clio Cup season.
“Having known Jade for a number of years now, she will be a familiar face to many within the team and she has become a personal friend. We had a very productive meeting when we met Jade and her father Jim last week and it became clear that this would be a great relationship as we have the same aspirations.
“She has a huge following of her own so can only be a positive as she now joins the ever expanding Team HARD. stable. It’s very clear that she is fired up for the season ahead and we are confident that we can achieve everything we have set out to do and fight for podiums from the start of the season.”