Team HARD. Racing are proud to announce Bike Devil Ltd (http://bikedevil.net/) as a new partner for the 2019 season. The Motorcycle insurance company which trades under Right Choice Insurance Brokers Ltd will have a large presence on all four of the teams 2019 British Touring Car (BTCC) challengers. It is a welcome return to the Team HARD. Racing fold for Bike Devil CEO, Mike Joseph, who has been a friend and partner of the team for over nine years.
Based in Romford, Essex, Bike Devil is a motorcycle insurance company that caters for both road and racing bikes. Bike Devil is a subsidiary of Right Choice Insurance Brokers Ltd (RCIB) which had a major presence on the teams BTCC, British GT and VW Racing Cup cars since debuting with Team HARD. Racing back in 2011 on Tony’s BTCC Vectra.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD. Racing is delighted to have long term partner Right Choice Insurance Brokers back onboard. “Mike and I have been business partners and friends for nine years now. Mike has supported the team and helped us grow to where we are today. It’s great to have his new subsidiary on the car for this season, it’s a great compliment to our team’s business hub and marketing capabilities.
This is the next chapter in our personal and working relationship and we are very keen to do the best job possible for Mike and Bike Devil Insurance as we continue to build as a team.”
Mike Joseph CEO of Bike Devil said “I have worked with Tony and the team for many years with our car brand RCIB and I am pleased that we are continuing this relationship with the relaunch of our bike brand at such an exciting time for the team and our business.”
Since the team’s first deal with Right Choice Insurance Brokers, Team HARD. Racing has grown from a single car operation to in excess of 40 cars and 50 drivers. 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. Businesses such as Bike Devil can gain unrivalled benefits that only Team HARD. Racing can offer and this season is one we are really looking forward to.
Team HARD. Racing can today confirm a partnership with 365Hosts (https://365hosts.com) that has seen the team’s website and online shop completely overhauled. The partnership will also see 365Hosts with a significant presence on all four of the teams British Touring Cars (BTCC) in 2019.
365Hosts Business websites, shared hosting , VPS and dedicated servers, and provide a number of additional, related services not limited to but including, Domain purchase, SSL certificates, SiteLock security, SEO, and site optimisation.
Team HARD. Racing’s Marketing Manager, Joshua Bashford is delighted to be working with 365Hosts for the foreseeable future. “Chris (Withington), 365Hosts CEO approached the team back in November and the team have been working behind the scenes since then to completely overhaul our website. The scale of our operation has meant that Chris and his team have been flat out to create a website that fits our brand guidelines.
Our website is secure, SEO optimised and receiving huge levels of traffic even in the off season. It’s partnerships like this that will make us winners off track as well as on it. This is the beginning of a long and successful partnership for both parties.”
Team HARD. Racing are moving into their 8th season in the BTCC with this being the 3rd in which they have run the unique Volkswagen CC’s.
365Hosts founder, Chris Withington believes that partnering with a team in the pinnacle of British motorsport matches his companies’ ambitions. “The British Touring Cars is the pinnacle of British motorsport so it’s an excellent match for our business, we strive to deliver the fastest and most stable web hosting platform within the UK.
The Team Hard cars are unique and well presented on track and with their online presence being amongst the most active and attractive in the paddock this partnership was a win win.”
The Team HARD. Racing business hub continues to grow as we move closer to the start of the racing season. Motorsport is the teams show and acts as an activation method for businesses from all industries to network and boost revenue. 365Hosts are just the latest to confirm their participation in one of the fastest growing business hubs in the United Kingdom. It’s an exciting time to be with the team.
The latest edition to the Team HARD. Racing business hub is start up company JMS Competitions. JMS Competitions (www.jmscompetitions.co.uk) will have a presence on the teams 2019 British Touring Car Championship Volkswagen CC’s as well as the teams GT title challengers. This new partnership will also make the team’s more premium offerings such as experience days and hospitality days more accessible to fans as the team are providing JMS Competitions with an array of prizes over the upcoming season.
The e-commerce organisation setup by John Stevens from Kent will be offering a host of high-end prizes from games consoles, jewellery and even classic/sports/performance cars. JMS Competitions announce all prize winners live on Facebook and you can expect these draws to be made by our BTCC stars throughout the season.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD see’s great value in linking up with JMS Competitions for the 2019 season. “John has been a long-time friend of the family and used to race with us in the VAG Trophy a while back in our Passat cup car. It’s great to support him as he starts this new venture. John’s business offers a fantastic opportunity for us to offer our experience days to fans that may not otherwise have access to our offering.
Some of the prizes JMS Competition already have on offer are remarkable and I might even enter myself, I’d love a MkII Golf GTi on the driveway at home!”
John, Owner of JMS Competitions is delighted to be back with the Team in a new capacity. “I raced with Team HARD back in the day competing in the VAG trophy. The team have come on so much since I raced with them. The business hub is now vast, and this is perfect for me to raise the awareness of my new business.
The team is going to be operating a merchandise stand at various rounds of this year’s British Touring Car Championship which provides me with a perfect opportunity to meet my target market and push my brand into the public domain.
The team have one of the biggest fanbases in the UK and working alongside them across the UK’s best circuits can only benefit my business.”
The Team HARD. Racing business hub is continuing to grow as we move closer to the start of the racing season. Motorsport is the teams show and acts as an activation method for businesses from all industries to network and boost revenue. JMS Competition are just the latest to confirm their participation in one of the fastest growing business hubs in the United Kingdom. It’s an exciting time to be with the team.
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.
Michael Crees will realise a lifelong dream next season as he lines up on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid after signing a deal with leading squad Team HARD for his debut campaign in the biggest race series in the UK.
Less than three years since the Kent racer was standing on the banks as a fan watching the BTCC in action, Crees is now seizing the chance to take on some of the best touring car drivers and teams in the world in only his third season of motorsport competition.
With the support of his loyal sponsors, Crees has signed with experienced outfit Team HARD to race one of their Volkswagen CC’s, an established race-winning car in the series that he tested for the first time earlier this month at Snetterton in Norfolk.
The move continues Crees’ meteoric rise up the motorsport ladder, having won the Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club title in his maiden car-racing campaign in 2017, before announcing himself to the BTCC paddock with a sensational display in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup last year.
In a series that has produced leading BTCC stars like Tom Ingram and Adam Morgan, the Broadstairs-based driver dominated the AM Class with a remarkable record of eleven race victories and eight other podium finishes across the twenty-three race campaign.
Crees highlighted his tremendous raw speed and exciting racecraft throughout the season, as well as an infectious personality that made him a popular figure throughout the paddock, with the media and crucially with the passionate BTCC fanbase.
Michael Crees: “My dream has become a reality! It has been a very difficult decision with what to do next year as I have so little experience in racing, but after winning two titles in two years of racing, we wanted to challenge ourselves in the hardest series in the UK.
“I want to thank Tony Gilham for taking a chance on us. Having spent the last couple of weeks working with and getting to know the team, how they work and our plans, it became clear this would be the right decision for the next chapter in my racing career.
“We share a lot of the same values and goals for the future so I’m very much looking forward to working with the team to see what we can achieve together. I can’t wait to get out this week and start a long, tough journey to becoming a successful BTCC driver.”
Crees is Team HARD’s fourth and final signing for the 2019 BTCC season, partnering with two-time Renault UK Clio Cup champion and BTCC top six finisher Mike Bushell, 2017 Volkswagen Racing Cup champion Bobby Thompson and fellow Ginetta GT4 Supercup graduate Carl Boardley.
The 35 year old competed with the team for the first time this past weekend at Brands Hatch, enjoying a successful debut in the Britcar Endurance Championship as he finished second in class and third overall alongside Sam Randon in an ex-BTCC Toyota Avensis.
Tony Gilham – Team HARD Boss: “We are very proud to welcome Michael to what we call our family. Michael is very much like us in the way he approaches his racing with his family support around him and his mindset to do the best job possible on track but to enjoy it off track too.
“That makes him a perfect fit to our set up and we have already seen the value that we can offer each other as a package. He is a very special talent and has had a meteoric rise to the top and we cannot wait to share the next chapter of our stories together.
“In what will be a huge year for the team, it will also be a very steep learning curve for Michael as he steps up to what is the pinnacle of British motorsport. That said we have all been very impressed with Michael on the recent test days.
“We’ll be working hard over the winter to ensure we’re as ready as we can be for the season ahead. There have been several changes to the team structure and personnel, and we are hoping to achieve great things together as this is a long term programme for us all.”
The BTCC celebrated its landmark 60th anniversary season in 2018 and showcased its status as one of the most exciting and competitive championships in the world, with no less than seventeen different race-winners across the thirty race campaign.
The highest profile motor-racing series in the UK, the BTCC attracts trackside crowds of on average over 37,000 per meeting across the country, has live terrestrial television coverage of every race on ITV4, and enjoys extensive media coverage and a large social media presence.
Article written by – Next Level Motorsport