We can confirm today that GT Cup star Kris Prosser will step up to the Millers Oil Ginetta GT4 Supercup series for the remaining two rounds of the season. Prosser, who has been prominent in the teams GT Cup success this season and will be taking part in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup which is part of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) support package.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD. Racing is delighted to see Prosser move over to the Supercup after seeing his progression with the team this season. “It’s great to have Kris (Prosser) representing us in the Supercup at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. He’s been a key figure in our GT Cup campaign this season both on and off track, providing great speed on it and valuable engineering advice off it. We both think it’s time to step up to the Ginetta Supercup now Kris has got to grips with the Ginetta, a car that was new to him at the beginning of the season.”
Team HARD. Racing are no strangers to the championship, with multiple driver having already run with the team in the series this season. Two of the teams current BTCC drivers; Carl Boardley and Michael Crees also competed in the championship in 2018 with the later claiming the AM title.
Prosser is relishing the chance of testing his skills against the established Supercup runners. “After a great successful streak of GT Cup races, it’s time to step up. I’ve been watching the Supercup closely and have seen some super competitive racing. GT Cup provides some great wheel to wheel racing with different manufacturers but often you find different cars have different advantages such as more power, aero or weight differences. Everyone is on equal terms with Supercup and that is a challenge I am relishing.
I can’t thank Team HARD. Racing enough for giving me this opportunity as it will be the highest level of racing I’ve done so far in my career. There is lots of work to do as the Supercup run on Michelin tyres which are much softer than what I am used to.”
Joining the Supercup paddock will be a great opportunity to race against established drivers with close wheel to wheel racing and I can’t wait to get started!”
Prosser’s transition to the Millers Oil Ginetta GT4 Supercup highlights the career progression that is available at Team HARD. Racing who provide a clear path for drivers to reach the top levels of Motorsport in the United Kingdom. Prosser will debut in the series at Silverstone over the weekend of the 28th-29th September on the national circuit which is televised live on ITV4.
Photo Credit: Ian Cutting from Prescott Motorsport
ASHBOURNE racing driver Sam Randon will try his hand at a higher standard of racing – although in the same car – for two meetings towards the end of the season.
Randon’s Team HARD have withdrawn him from the GT Cup, where he has been competitive but in which the rules allowed other cars a significant power advantage.
Now they will enter two rounds of the Miller Oils Ginetta G55 GT4 Supercup, which runs on the televised British Touring Car bill, and in which there is a level playing field for power, not to mention a higher profile.
In the Supercup races, he will drive alone, rather than sharing with a team-mate.
“I just love the Ginetta G55 and racing with Team HARD,” said Randon.
“The SuperCup cars have huge rear wings and much more effective downforce than the GT4 category I have been racing the car in.
“As such, it can corner much faster but does test your confidence as a driver.”
Randon will race just 2 of the final 3 rounds unless further funding can be secured. The rounds he will compete in are at Knockhill in Scotland and the Grand Prix layout at Brands Hatch.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“I’ve never raced at either of the circuits but it’s long been an ambition.”
Randon remains under the guidance of Team HARD boss and former BTCC driver Tony Gilham. His first televised race will be shown on ITV4 on Sunday, September 15.
Randon is grateful to his sponsors; Twincentric Integration, Velocity IT Interim and Consulting, Incite Consulting, AVIT Media, MX Display, DM Integration, Catena Business Networking, and The Chequered Flag Micro-bar.
Sam said “Without them I simply wouldn’t be racing”.
Story by Colston Crawford, Ashbourne News Telegraph
We are delighted to announce that we are launching our FIRST Hard. Drive track day at the famous Donington Park circuit in Derbyshire on Monday 10th June.
We bring further good news as we can confirm that BTCC and current Ginetta GT4 SuperCup front runner MIKE EPPS will be leading the day in what is his first track day experience.
You will be driving out championship winning Volkswagen Cup racing cars before Mike takes you out to show you how it’s really done. We are letting Mike loose in his current Ginetta SuperCup car to wizz you around the famous Donington Park national circuit. To celebrate our first track day at Donington we are throwing in our SuperCup hotlaps for FREE!
Mike is one of the quickest drivers currently racing the Ginetta SuperCup car as he currently lies 5th in the championship including a 2nd and 3rd place finishes at Donington Park last month.
This opportunity is available for a price of £499 per person.
To secure your place on this rare opportunity you can pay a deposit of £249 online HERE.
The balance will be due by Monday 3rd June.
Check out the video below of Mike in action earlier this season.
Team HARD Track day experiences
There’s no better way to get your heart pumping than by taking to the wheel of one of our race prepared cars on one of our fabulous driving experiences.
Designed to give you a taster of sampling life in the fast lane at many of the UK’s famous race tracks.
As we are an independent company, we are not tied to any one track or provider. This means we offer a huge choice of days at Circuits located across the UK and Europe and can offer you non-biased advice on the best Experiences and Events to suit your requirements.
General Car Track Days are ideally suited to track day drivers with experience. Attendees range from track day enthusiasts looking for their latest thrill, to racing drivers putting in some laps.
As always, our team of professional drivers will be on hand at all times to offer advice and one-to-one in-car tuition.
All levels of driver are welcome on these events, even if you have never taken part in a track day.
A typical General Car Track Day has an Open Pit Lane format, enabling you to go out on the circuit as you choose. Your day will begin with registration, followed by your car being noise-tested. Please pay special attention to the noise limit listed on your chosen event.
One of the most important parts of the day is next, with the drivers’ briefing. This will cover everything you need to know about the day including the schedule, circuit information, rules and some very useful coaching hints and tips.
This is quickly followed by sighting laps. You will drive line astern behind the course car at a reduced pace to familiarise yourself with the corners, marshal posts and lights.
07:30 Sign On
08:50 Team HARD Driver’s Introduction
09:00 Track Time Starts
09:00 – 11:45 – Driver Tuition
11:45 – 12:00 – Hot laps
13:00 Lunch Time
14:00 Track Time Resumes
14:00 – 15:45 – Driver Tuition
15:45 – 17:00 – Hot Laps
17:00 Track Time Ends
17:00 Round Up
Onboard with Mike Epps in his Ginetta GT4 SuperCup car
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.
It gives the team great pleasure to announce Tom Barley as our first Pro driver in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup for 2019. Tom, who joined the team in 2013 is the latest HARD driver to be competing on the TOCA package in 2019. The 29-year-old’s pro status is more than justified having won the Britcar Endurance GT4 crown last season in the Ginetta G55.
Managing Director of Team HARD. Racing Tony Gilham is extremely proud to see Tom enter the series with the team. “Tom has been a loyal member of the driver roster since 2013. It’s fantastic to see him enter the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup as it is no less then he deserves for all this dedication, patience and speed over the last few years.
Tom has come a very long way as a driver under our roof and I have no doubt that he will be challenging towards the front from the start. He is the Britcar Endurance GT4 Champion after all alongside teammate Simon [Rudd].
IG.com have supported Tom since the beginning and I’m glad that they have utilised our business hub in a way that has enabled them to support Tom’s graduation to the SuperCup championship this season.”
Team HARD. Racing are no strangers to the championship, coming runners up in the Pro category in 2018 with BTCC graduate Carl Boardley and recently signing Am champion Michael Crees to their BTCC squad. Barley is the third driver to be announced by the team who with Paul Taylor and Darron Lewis both being unveiled earlier this month.
Tom [Barley] is delighted to be progressing up the motorsport ladder this season. “After months of hard work and nervous waits, I’m delighted to confirm my 2019 Ginetta SuperCup entry with Team Hard. Racing. Last season, myself and team mate Simon Rudd had fantastic success in GT4 endurance racing but SuperCup still felt like a big step up. I can’t thank IG.com enough for continuing their support to make this happen. Committing to Team Hard was an easy choice. The guys are dedicated, passionate and reliable. What more could I ask for?
I can’t wait to get going and will be pushing hard to reward IG.com with results and exposure to return on their investment.
I’ve been racing the Ginetta’s for a couple of years now, so I know the car well. Despite spending the last two seasons in endurance racing I’m looking to hit the ground running by combining my knowledge of the car with the championship knowledge that my Team HARD colleagues Carl [Boardley] and Micheal [Crees] hold.
It’s going to be a fantastic year.”
Tom’s graduation to Ginetta’s flagship championship highlights the ‘one stop shop’ racing structure that Team HARD. Racing possess. You can catch Tom and the team LIVE on ITV4 throughout the season. It isn’t one to be missed.
Team HARD. Racing’s presence on the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup grid expands to two cars today as we announce the signing of Darron Lewis for the 2019 championship. Darron has been with the team since 2016 having last raced in the Britcar Endurance championship last season. Darron will be working alongside the already announced Paul Taylor as they prepare for an assault on the Am championship.
It’s more the merrier for Team HARD. Racing’s Managing Director Tony Gilham. “It’s fantastic to announce our second Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup driver in a matter of days. Darron has been a driver, a friend and a business partner for a number of years now and it’s rewarding to see him enter the championship for a full season.
Darron and Paul will be ones to watch as I know they have the pedigree to really stake a claim on the Am category. Feeding off the experience of Carl [Boardley] and Michael [Crees] who ran in the series last year will be a great benefit to Darron as he adjusts back to the thrills and spills of sprint racing.”
Having run Pro runner up Carl Boardley in 2018, Team HARD. Racing are expanding their assault on the series with the announcement of both Taylor and Lewis and the team won’t be stopping there as more drivers are due to be announced imminently. Lewis is delighted to be racing with a team that has multiple drivers.
“It was a no brainer for me to continue my partnership with Tony, Sam and the team. I’m excited to be joining forces in Ginetta’s flagship championship. We will be running several cars in the championship which will enable us to compare data and therefore improve on our lap times.
I’ve got previous experience in the Ginetta’s having raced in the Britcar Endurance championship sporadically over the previous two seasons. I’m very excited to be committing to a full season in 2019. I’m only going to get quicker and quicker as we test the cars and the season progresses. I’ve worked to be part of the Toca package for a long time and I now feel the time is right.”
Darron’s entry into the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup further expands Team HARD. Racing’s presence on the Toca package for 2019. The team has now confirmed a two-car entry in the Renault UK Clio Cup, a four car entry in the Kwikfit British Touring Car Championship and now two cars in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup with more to follow soon. Watch this space.