Team HARD Ginetta GT4 Supercup racer Carl Boardley will join the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill in our VW CC in place of Michael Caine.
Suffolk racer Boardley, who is currently in second place in the Ginetta championship with five wins, will step into the car for the three rounds in Fife in place of ‘Cainey’. Caine has had to step down from the championship due to family commitments.
Boardley, 42, said he had a long interest in graduating to the BTCC. He said: “This is something that has been on my radar for a while. I came close to joining in 2013, but had to change plans due to a health issue.”
“I am looking at the championship as an option for 2019, and racing in Scotland will give be a good chance to see how the circus operates, how the cars feel and what the racing is like.”
“As a new entry I will be going with the mandated 45kg of success ballast in race one, which means it will be tough, but the Team HARD cars have been running strongly recently so there is a chance to score some points in races two and three.”
The boss (Tony Gilham) said that he regretted Caine’s decision to step down but was glad to help Boardley, who has been winning races for the team in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup to step up into the BTCC.
“Michael ‘Cainey’ Caine is such a charater and he is loved by everyone who is associated with Team HARD,” said Gilham. “He has been part of our team for a long time, and will continue to be so. We have had a great journey together in the BTCC and although it’s not been as competitive as we’d both hoped, there have been flashes of speed. It’s a shame that once we got the car competitive he’s had to step down. He hasn’t had a fair crack at it.”
Gilham said that he came close to securing Boardley to run in the BTCC at the start of this year, but the driver decided to switch to the Ginetta GT4 Supercup instead.
“We virtually had a deal done – and he even tested on a couple of occasions – but the decision was taken to switch focus to Ginetta Supercup,” said Gilham. “Carl had wanted to step up to the BTCC for a long time.”
“Getting a toe-in-the-water at Knockhill will give him some experience in what is a highly competitive championship and it will all add to his knowledge ahead of a full campaign if he decides to do the BTCC in 2019. Carl set some very competative times at the Dunlop tyre test back in July and this is a great step for him to see what it is all about come race day. We expect him to be very competitive.”
The rules concerning driver changes for an entry were altered at the start of this season. Previously, a team was not allowed more than one driver change throughout the year to maintain the terms of its TOCA BTCC Licence to compete, but this was upped to two at the start of 2018.
Team HARD. Racing are very pleased to announce that another one of our young guns from 2017 Angus Dudley will return next weekend to make his debut on the TOCA package in the Michelin Ginetta Supercup.
Angus had a very successful year at the wheel of one of our Ginetta G55’s last season and made a big step forwards both on and off track. Angus developed as a racing driver and also as a part of the team with his personality and attention to detail in and out of the car. He formed a very strong partnership with close friend Callum Hawkins Row who himself has moved on to British GT this year also with Team HARD.
Angus said “Its great to be able to get back out in the Ginetta after a longer than expected winter break. I am looking forward to the challenge that has been put in front of me. The Ginetta Supercup is a seriously tough championship so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and see how we fair against some very quick and experienced competitors.”
Angus will be racing alongside Carl Boardley who himself has joined Team HARD. this year for a full championship assault. Carl had an amazing debut with the team finishing 2nd, 2nd and 1st in the three opening races at Brands Hatch earlier this month. Angus will be looking to learn as much as possible from Carl and work together to compete as high as possible up the grid.
Tony Gilham added “Ever since Angus joined the team, it has been very refreshing to work with someone so focussed on what it takes to be a modern day racing driver. I say it a lot about some of the drivers we work with but Angus is another driver from our stable that has the complete package. He listens, he learns and he applies very well which is why his rate of development has been phenomenal. Hopefully, this will lead on to more races this season with us as we look to build on what was a very successful debut in GT race cars last year.”
And the Big News for BTCC’s popular Team HARD. continues!
With just a day to go before the Ginetta GT4 Super Cup Media Day at Brands Hatch, we are very excited to announce that former four times World and multi – National Hot Rod Champion, Carl Boardley, will be making his return to the Ginetta Super Cup Series in 2018 under the umbrella of the vastly popular Kent Team.
Tony Gilham said “We have been talking on and off for a few seasons now and to finally put a very competitive package together, we can begin what will hopefully be a long and successful working relationship. Carl has the natural ability and pace to challenge for the title as he has already shown, so this year is one in which we will be looking to achieve exactly that. We have a very strong driver line up this year and very much looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with Carl and Adam (Shepherd).”
Boardley competed in the 2016/17 Ginetta Supercup campaign, technically as a privateer, which saw him net wins at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton with multiple podium finishes along the way. This had to be balanced with heading up the Boardley Roberts Family business and developing the very successful Ginetta National Hot Rod with Boardley Motorsport.
For the 2018 championship, Team HARD. will be looking after the day to day running of the Boardley machine as they look to challenge for 2018 honours together.
Carl added, “This is the first time that we will be racing for a team rather than running as a privateer, so although slightly anxious as it’s a big change, Team HARD. have been going from strength to strength over the last few seasons so it felt like the time was right. Now, I’m looking forward to media day tomorrow and hitting the ground running come the season opener at Brands Hatch in just a few weeks’ time.”
Team HARD. Owner, Tony Gilham, and Boardley began several conversations late last year with many options on the table and with great respect for one another, are both thrilled with the arrangement which could also see Boardley helping out in the hot seat of some of Gilham’s other assets in the months to come.
Team HARD. are pleased to announce their first signing for this years Ginetta Super Cup. Current M3 Cup Champion (2017), forma M3 Champion (2016) and former Civic Cup Champion (2015) Mr. Adam. Shepherd. The 25 year old racer from Witham has decided to take the step up from winning the M3 Cup for the second time and show case his skills on the biggest stage of British Motorsport The MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Package.
HARD. dipped their toe into the waters of the BTCC support package last year with varied drivers and varying results. After meeting with Adam, seeing his resume and discussing the options that he had going forward is was decided on a Ginetta Super Cup assault.
Team HARD. Boss Tony Gilham Commented on the signing “When a triple champion enters the room as down to earth and humble as Adam you know you have to do something with him. Like all deals it all comes down to the nitty gritty, but like Team HARD. Adam has a great family and support network around him which helped get it over the line. I am very excited to see what he can do in the Super Cup, the BTCC Package can be quite daunting, but I think when Adam gets behind the wheel he will do what come naturally.”
The Ginetta Super Cup is contested over 8 rounds which takes in some of the UK’s best Circuits that include Brands Hatch and Donington Park. In this highly contested championship. Adam will be entered into the Pro category and will compete with the likes of Ben Green, George Gamble and Callum Pointon who won the Pro class and the overall championship.
Adam said on signing for Team HARD. Racing “I’m very excited to have signed with Team HARD in 2018 and feel ready to take on the challenge of Ginetta Supercup. We’ve put in the HARD work over the past three years taking 3 consecutive championships, over 20+ wins and 95% of the rounds entered on the podium across both FWD and RWD single make disciplines. Moving up to the Supercup is going to be a big step, being live on ITV as well as being featured on the BTCC support package along with very tough competition, however, with a great team, sponsors and family behind me, I think we can give it a very good shot. I now cannot wait to get out in the car and start testing ready for the first rounds on 7th & 8th April at Brands Hatch, a dream a long time coming!”.
Come and meet some of the team and its array of drivers at the 2018 Autosport International show at the NEC, Birmingham.
The team have a stand in Hall 7, stand number 7530 and will be there from Thursday 10th to Sunday 14th Jan. On display will be Bobby Thompson’s 2017 VW Racing cup Championship winning car and one of the teams ‘Stilp HARD Academy’ karts. Bobby will also be there with his Championship trophy, so if you want to get a photograph with Bobby, his trophy and car, pop over to the stand to see us. For those of you who are interested in signing up for the ‘GKR BetterFuture Scholarship’, there are still places available and bookings can be taken at the show. There will also be a limited amount of team merchandise available, including the now famous, Pink pom pom beanies. Entry on Saturday and Sunday is from 09:00–18:00
Today we can confirm that Toby Bearne will be competing in the final 3 rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, starting this weekend at Rockingham.
Bearne has previously driven for the Team, finishing 3rd in his rookie season of VAG Trophy. This year he competed in the Britcar Endurance Championship, which saw a storming drive that placed him and co-driver Daniel Wylie on the podium in their opening weekend.
Bearne is delighted to be driving in the GInetta GT4 for the remainder of the season in the BTCC support series. We wish him every success.