Sam Randon (23) has committed his future to Team HARD. Racing for the foreseeable future with both parties currently assessing their options with regards to which series the Ashbourne racer will compete in for 2019.
Randon took part in multiple Britcar races in 2018 which saw him race in both a Ginetta GT4 and a 2016 Toyota Avensis touring car.
Randon is excited to work with the Kent based outfit for a complete season in 2019. “It was an easy decision to sign up with Team HARD for 2019 after such a successful few races with them last season. Despite the number of drivers and cars he manages, Tony has a genuine interest in me as a driver and the team has a real family feel to it.
“I worked with a few different crews last year in Team HARD and they all love their racing and are really dedicated to turning out the cars in the best possible way to win. Winning is clearly important to Team HARD and I want to be part of that.”
Tony is delighted that Sam (Randon) has committed to Team HARD despite not finalising which series he will enter in 2019.
“Sam has been on our radar for the last couple of years and I was pleased when we managed to get him in the car last season. Sam has so much raw talent which he demonstrated in 2018 by excelling in both our Ginetta GT4 and Toyota touring car.
Sam’s commitment to the team just shows the respect and reputation we are gaining as a team in the UK. We see all of our team members, both staff and drivers, as part of the HARD family and Sam bought into our values from the off. It’s very satisfying for us.”
Entering it’s 5th year, Team HARD. Racing is due to expand to more than 14 championships in 2019. It’s this scope that allows the team to sign drivers without them committing to a championship at the same time. Sam and the team are currently assessing which one of these championships will help springboard the 23-year olds career in 2019.
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Team HARD. Racing have joined forces with double Michelin Clio Cup Series Champion Ben Palmer for an assault on the 2019 Mini Challenge championship. This will see Team HARD. Racing enter the championship for the first time in its five-year history. Ben, aged 24, has had a very successful start to his racing career having won the MG Owners Club championship along with his double Clio championship.
“I can’t wait to get started in the Mini Challenge for 2019 after I dipped my toe in the water at Donington Park in 2018. After two seasons in the Michelin Clio Cup, I felt the time was right to make the next step in my career. The Mini Challenge presents a fantastic opportunity to get my name out in the world of motorsport especially with the news that the championship will be joining the BTCC circus for 2020.
I’m delighted to move into the series with an established team in UK motorsport. Whilst they haven’t been in the championship before, the experience they have in the BTCC and VW Cup will prove invaluable as we aim for some good results in 2019.”
The Mini Challenge was recently added to the BTCC support series for 2020 which will prove a major stepping stone for the championship with added TV coverage and media support. Tony Gillham, Managing Director of Team HARD. Racing believes that moving into the Mini Challenge for 2019 will prove a positive step for future seasons.
“I’m delighted to be moving into the Mini Challenge for 2019. The championship has always been one that’s been on our radar. It’s been about waiting for the right opportunity and we firmly believe that this is the time. Many may say that it’s because the series moves to the BTCC paddock for 2020, I can confirm that this isn’t the case. This deal with Ben has been sorted for a while now and long before we caught wind of the Mini announcement that was released earlier this week.
Ben entered the Team HARD. Racing scholarship in 2015 and we have been monitoring his progress ever since. He’s shown fantastic speed and race craft in the Michelin Clio Cup Series and both parties feel that this is the time to be reunited for a full championship assault.”
The announcement of the team entering the Mini Challenge is confirmation of the Team HARD. Racing name being represented in seven championships across the UK so far. There is more to follow.
It brings the team great pleasure to announce a new partnership for 2019 with VIEZU Technologies Limited (https://www.team-hard.com/sponsors/viezu/), that will see the Automobile Tuning Specialist with a large presence on the teams race cars in 2019 which includes four BTCC VW CC’s as well as the teams GT and VW championship chargers. This new partnership will not only see VIEZU Technologies on the Team HARD. Racing cars but the team will also become a registered VIEZU Technologies tuning centre from February 2019. VIEZU Technologies provide the very cutting edge of vehicle tuning and ECU remapping which has been developed with over 20 years of hands-on experience.
Based in Bidford-on-Avon, VIEZU Technologies are a major player in the UK Automobile Tuning market but also has a presence internationally with centres in countries such as America, India and Australia.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD is thrilled to be working with such a prestigious brand. “It’s great to be working with the guys and girls from VIEZU Technologies this season. This partnership is about more then just sponsorship and brand awareness for both parties. I’m really excited about the Team HARD. Racing HQ becoming an established tuning centre. This provides another string to the teams bow as we continue to grow, and we will be announcing lots of exciting developments in the coming weeks both on and off track.”
Paul Busby, the CEO of VIEZU Technologies is thrilled and excited to be partnering with Team HARD. “The Team has shown extreme commitment and resilience in all its racing activities. Not only that, they are a warm and focused Team dedicated to winning.
Together VIEZU and Team HARD. have created the opportunity to be more than a brand-passive sponsor. VIEZU supports over 900 Vehicle Tuners worldwide and are privileged to be supporting Team HARD. As it expands it services in the Vehicle Tuning arena. VIEZU is the obvious choice for a partnered sponsor and Reassuringly Powerful auto-tuning solutions.”
Team HARD. Racing have grown from a single car operation to in excess of 40 cars and 50 drivers in just 5 years. This partnership is further indication of the rapid growth that the team is enjoying. By using Motorsport as an activation method for the teams ever growing business hub it presents itself as one of the largest networking events in the United Kingdom. Viezu Technologies are the latest organisation to gain benefits that Team HARD. Racing have to offer, and this season is one we are really looking forward to.
Team HARD. Racing will be entering the final ever season of the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2019. In a double announcement the team can also confirm that multiple Clio Cup race winner Max Coates will be joining the team with 2018 BTCC racer Ethan Hammerton for an assault on the championship.
The pair have a fantastic working relationship together as Max coached Ethan to 2nd in the Clio Cup junior series in 2017. In fact, the pair live just 10 minutes away from each other in North Yorkshire.
This marks the team’s first venture into Europe’s premier single-model saloon car championship.
Team HARD. boss Tony Gilham is delighted to finally add the Clio Cup to the teams every growing portfolio. “We’ve wanted to join the Clio Cup for some years and the timing is just right with Max and Ethan – both will also test our BTCC car during the championship’s mid-season official tyre test.
“With his results in the Clio Cup, Max is going to be a very strong contender for the title. Ethan was the winner of our young driver scholarship and is a very exciting talent.
“Together they make for a very strong driver line-up and our plan is to take them both back into the BTCC with us.”
After winning four races, Coates narrowly missed out on the title in 2018 having led the series for most of the championship. Entering his fourth season in the Clio Cup, Coates has finished in the top four on every occasion. Last term he also notched up the most pole positions in the UK series and finished second in Renault’s Internationale Finale event at Paul Ricard.
Coates said: “This will be my fourth season in the championship, we came so close to taking the title in 2018. I’ve learnt more and more each year, have retained my mechanics from last season, and we feel confident about the season ahead. I’m particularly looking forward to racing a Clio at Knockhill which a great spectacle for drivers and fans alike.
“It’s a very exciting moment to confirm this deal with Team HARD. who do so much to support drivers; their offer of a BTCC test is evidence of this. The Clio Cup features close racing and great business opportunities, commercially this works really well for my sponsors, more of whom I will be announcing soon.”
“Ethan has fantastic raw pace, a sensational ability to put what he is told into practice and very good car control. Having coached him from the passenger seat of a Clio I know this first hand!”
Ethan who is a Team HARD. Racing scholarship graduate is looking forward to spending a full season on the TOCA package.
“I had some amazing experiences at Silverstone and Brands Hatch at the end of 2018 in the BTCC. The TOCA package is completely different to anything I have ever experienced before from the cars, the competition and the fans.
“The Clio Cup championship in my opinion is the best single make series in Europe and the racing is always exciting. Working with Max is going to be fantastic as he has tutored me in the past. I think it’s time to return the favour and show him a thing or two!”
The Team HARD. Racing snowball just keeps on expanding as they enter another new championship for 2019. The Clio Cup will prove an exciting challenge and raise the team’s profile even further within the TOCA package.
We would just like to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As always at work, play and especially in Motorsport, it has been a year of ups and downs, but all goes together to build what is the story of life. We have had some amazing times and some tough times, but we end the year in a place we could have only dreamed of just a few months ago.
We are honoured to have so many great people involved with us and a family network that knows no boundaries, we are very proud to work with you all.
As we reflect on what has really been an enjoyable, emotional, successful and disappointing year, it all goes together to create what is a very special and unique family team, Team HARD. Racing.
We are very much looking forward to making some more memories with you all in 2019 but until then enjoy some family time and hopefully you all celebrate New Year’s in style. It’s over and out from us.
Tony & Sam Gilham X