‘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.

Clayden to Race ‘Into the Night’ at Britcar Finale

Clayden to Race ‘Into the Night’ at Britcar Finale

Team HARD. Racing will rejoin the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship for the final round of the 2019 season in one of the it’s Ginetta GT4 cars. Ben Clayden from Matching and now living in Elsenham, Essex is the first driver to be announced with the team.

This will be Clayden’s first competitive race out on track after choosing to spend the 2019 season with Team HARD. Racing and it’s Ginetta GT4 test program. Clayden has participated in multiple test days with the team over the course of the season accompanied by BTCC and Ginetta SuperCup star Mike Epps who has been operating as his driver coach.

Clayden is looking to get stuck in on his debut. “I’m really looking forward to making my competitive debut at the Britcar ‘into the night’ event. Obviously, I’m a little nervous but overall, I am very excited to get stuck in.

It’s been great working with Mike (Epps) who has helped get me prepared and ready for the next chapter of my Motorsport adventure. I’ve tested a couple of cars with Team HARD. Racing and decided that GT racing was for me. I absolutely love the Ginetta GT4 that I’ve been testing this year, it’s challenging but very rewarding when you really push the car to it’s limits.

Lastly, thank you to Team HARD. Racing for the opportunity and I’m hoping to put on a good show as we look at options to race fulltime 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.

Tony Gilham is looking forward to seeing Clayden in action. “We have been working with Ben throughout the season in both our Volkswagen Golf and Ginetta GT4 race cars. With the help of Mike (Epps), Ben has been able to fine tune his natural racing ability and set some very fast and consistent lap times when out on track.

The Britcar finale is a perfect event for Ben to get back out on track and be involved in a very competitive championship as we look at options to get him out on track for a full campaign in 2020.”

The series will reach its climax at Brands Hatch on 9th/10th November. Ben 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.

Tom Barley and Simon Rudd claim the class 3 Britcar Endurance title

Tom Barley and Simon Rudd claim the class 3 Britcar Endurance title

It was championship delight for Team HARD. Racing’s #24 Ginetta of Tom Barley and Simon Rudd in 2018 as they took the GT4 class honours in this seasons Britcar Endurance series. Consistency was the key to the pairs success as they finished on the podium in all 14 rounds of the championship, which was no mean feat with the large array of competition that was present in this season’s championship.

Peter Farrow, who heads up the teams GT program applauded the whole team performance over the season.

“It’s been a fantastic year for our GT team and to end the season with 3 podiums, a pole position, a fastest lap and winning the GT4 class we have really shown what amazing team work can do. Having worked with Simon and Tom for several years now we were able to work in cohesion to help give them the best package possible. In doing so they duly delivered.

Huge congratulations to Simon and Tom for their outstanding season, securing a class podium every race weekend is a record to be proud of.

Finally, thank you and well done to my amazing team, from the mechanics to the hospitality crew. Everyone has worked incredibly hard this year and we have had a year to remember, giving us motivation to come back even stronger in 2019!”

Having been in a tight tussle with the Track Focused KTM over the course of the season Simon Rudd believes that partnering again with 2017 team mate Tom Barley was a key to the championship going their way.

“It’s been a great year for us. We were on the podium for every race and won the most competitive class. The team have been faultless all season and I can’t thank them enough.

It’s been amazing to partner up with Tom again. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and used that to bring together the best package, it’s been so much fun.

As ever, a huge thanks to Team HARD. Racing, all my sponsors (Elsfab, Jackson Lift Group, VTS, Momentum Consultancy, DJMotorsport and Lester Controls) and my friends and family for sticking with us during 2018, at times it’s been a bumpy ride, but we have pulled through!”

Team-mate Tom Barley echoed the words of team-mate Simon highlighting just how in-sync the pair have been in 2018.

“14 races, 14 podiums. That’s the best way to sum up 2018! What a phenomenal season Simon and I have had. Team HARD. racing have put a flawless car in front of us every weekend, which made winning as easy as possible, we really had no excuses this season!

It’s been my most enjoyable and successful season to date. Here comes 2019! Thank you to IG.com and Engine Carbon Clean, without them this season couldn’t have happened.”

With the season now over, it was a fitting end to a successful season both on and off the track for the team. Motivation is high as the team look forward to a number of 2019 championship campaigns.

Radical racer Harper-Ellam in for Britcar finale

Radical racer Harper-Ellam in for Britcar finale

Radical racer Harper-Ellam in for Britcar finale

Ryan Harper-Ellam joins Team Hard in their Britcar campaign at the season finale this weekend at Brands Hatch. The current Radical racer joins the championship for its showpiece event, it’s ‘into the night race’. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Britcar championship will race from dusk and into the night in a 50-minute race on Saturday and a 2 hour race on Sunday offering a unique challenge for spectators, drivers and teams alike.

The GT manager at Team HARD, Peter Farrow, is looking forward to the weekend. “As a team manager I relish unique weekends such as this. We’ve got creative with the cars by adding glow in the dark stickers and extra lights to put on a show for the fans in attendance this weekend. I’m also delighted to have Ryan onboard, especially after seeing his domination on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit last weekend. We honestly believe he can help our title charge despite lack of seat time in the #285 Ginetta G55.”

Ryan is hoping to continue where he left off last weekend at Brands Hatch “I’m really excited for the opportunity to race with Team Hard in the Britcar finale this weekend. It’ll be my first race in a GT car so I’m looking forward to seeing how I get on. Obviously, the aim is to be at the front but mainly it will be a huge learning experience. Having taken two wins, two pole positions and 2 fastest laps at Brands Indy last weekend in the Radical I hope to continue my good form this weekend!”

With the title still all to play for, come down to Brands Hatch this Saturday and Sunday to witness a rare motorsport spectacle in the UK, night racing.