GT Cup Battle Heats up at Brands Hatch

GT Cup Battle Heats up at Brands Hatch

Team HARD. Racing’s #79 Ginetta GT4 Supercup challenger went into the Brands Hatch weekend sitting pretty at the top of the GTA class championship and sat 5th overall in the GT Cup standings. Kris Prosser returned after sitting out the last round of the series and partnered Nicholas Scott-Dickeson who deputised last time out.

The team were honoured with prime TV coverage during Saturday’s event with the #79 car having onboard cameras for both the sprint and feature race, TV viewers were not to be disappointed.

Prosser qualified the car on pole position after setting a lap some 1.5seconds faster than the 2nd car in class. Some were thinking it would be an easy run to chequered flag for Prosser. It was far from it.

Prosser set off with some scorching pace in the early stages as he lapped the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit a dazzling 2 seconds a lap faster then his nearest class rival. An uncharacteristic mistake at Surtees on lap 4 saw him drop down to 3rd in class and left him with plenty of work to do for the remaining laps of the race. Clearly determined to hit the front once again, Prosser continued to push, beating his own fastest lap again and again until disaster struck on lap 11 as the cockpit of the #79 Ginetta began to fill with smoke. Prosser, doing the sensible thing, immediately pulled off the circuit at druids and was forced to retire from the race.

A fire broke out at the rear of the car with fibre glass rubbing on the exhaust after a small altercation with another car in the holding area before the race begun. Prosser was taken to the medical centre for checks after inhaling a large amount of toxic smoke given off from the burning fibreglass on the #79 machine. Thankfully Prosser was given the all clear and was unharmed from the incident.

Unfortunately for the team the #79 car was beyond repair for Saturday’s endurance race, meaning both Prosser and Scott-Dickeson were forced to sit on the side-lines.

The Team HARD. Racing boys pulled off a mini miracle and arrived at the circuit in the early hours of Sunday morning armed with a new car ready for Prosser and Scott-Dickeson. An amazing achievement after Saturday’s events.

Sundays sprint race saw Scott-Dickeson take to the wheel and immediately slot into 2nd before being forced to surrender the position after a race long battle with the #8 BMW with just 8 minutes to go of the 25-minute race.

Scott-Dickeson was delighted to bring home silverware for the team “The sprint race was a great challenge for me as my last race at brands was at night. The car on fresh tyres really brought out the best in the car and me as I posted my fastest laps of the weekend trying to chase down the other GTA runners. I was happy to finish in a podium position and it was only when I got back to the garage I could see how happy my team and Tony were on my pace which was a massive boost to have getting out of the car.”

The feature race saw another dice with the #8 BMW as Prosser took over for the opening stint and raced into 1st place. Prosser held off sustained pressure until he dived into the pits for the mandatory pitstop and driver change on lap 20. The #79 was hit with a success pit-stop penalty which dropped the car back down into 2nd once it returned to the track with Scott-Dickenson at the wheel. Despite pushing hard for the win, the pair had to settle for 2nd, important championship points in the bag and more silverware for the team.

A tale of two halves for Prosser who was in reflective mood on Sunday after the racing had reached its climax. “Having jumped into the car for qualifying on the Saturday not knowing the GP loop it felt quite odd turning left at Surtees. It didn’t take too long to learn the circuit and put the car on pole for the race!

I noticed halfway through my race that the car was starting to smoke slightly, after pitting to check if the car was okay, I got sent back out with some mist to unlap myself! Putting in a hot lap but possibly too hot! After turning into paddock, the car began to produce a large amount of black smoke in the car. I pulled over by an orange marshal board to get a fire extinguisher. The car at first didn’t seem too bad but once the fire caught a fuel hose at the back it began to produce huge flames down the side!

The team realised before the race had finished that they’d need to get a new car so by the time I was discharged from the medical unit the guys had gone back to the workshop to build a new car for the next day. I visited the guys later that night at the new unit and the new car was looking good!

Sadly, as the fire damaged car had a lot of powder & foam inside, this was a priority to clean as it can damage the electronics inside.

The next day we got the car out for Nick who took 5 seconds of his lap time which was amazing work! I started the final race of the weekend last on the grid to pull into 1st in class when I was brought into the pits. Sadly, due to our excess pit penalty we lost a lot of time to the BMW. P2 in the end but an amazing job by the mechanics to turn around a new car within 15 hours!”

To round the weekend off in style the Team HARD. Racing mechanics were award with ‘Team of the Weekend’ for their sterling efforts in getting the #79 car back out for a double podium finish in Sunday’s races.

You will be able to view highlights of the eventful Brands Hatch weekend on Motorsport.TV and Youtube over the coming weeks and for LIVE action, the GT Cup squad is at Donington Park on 21/22nd September for the penultimate round of championship.

Chandler Partners Prosser for GT Cup Championship Assault

Chandler Partners Prosser for GT Cup Championship Assault

Last season’s Junior Saloon Car Championship runner up and current Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup star Steven Chandler joins Team HARD. Racing for the third round of the GT Cup championship at Snetterton. Steven will be at the wheel of the #79 Ginetta G55 SuperCup car partnering Kris Prosser, the car currently sits 5th in the overall championship standings.

Steven, 17, is thrilled to be racing in a proven front running car. “I’ve been watching these cars compete at the front of the field in both the GT Cup and Ginetta SuperCup this season and thought to myself ‘wow, I’d like to show everyone what I’m made of in one of those’. So, when Tony (Gilham) offered me this opportunity I just had to take it.

I’d like to thank WJ Horrod Ltd, Munihire, Stig’s Grab Services LTD and Vision Techniques for helping me take this opportunity and experience the next step of the motorsport ladder.

I’ve Ginetta G55 SuperCup car is going to be different to anything I’ve driven before but with the rear wheel drive experience I’ve gained from racing in the BMW Compact Cup I’m confident that I will be on the pace from the off.

To be honest I can’t quite believe that this opportunity has become available with Team HARD. Racing and I’m looking forward to challenging the top stop of the podium to add to my JSCC victories last season. Lastly, I’m determined to continue the teams impressive run of results!”

It’s been an impressive season for the team so far with both the #79 and #21 car taking multiple class wins over the eight races held so far this season, the Ginetta proving that it is one of the strongest packages in the series.

Team HARD. Racings Managing Director, Tony Gilham is delighted to have another young talent under his Motorsport umbrella. “I met Steven whilst at the recent BMW Compact Cup meeting at Snetterton. A genuinely lovely kid who clearly has so much potential to unlock.

Steven was quick on that day, but lady luck wasn’t on his side, we will be aiming to change that when we head to Snetterton at the end of the month (27/28 July).

Partnering Kris (Prosser) will prove a fantastic benchmark for Steven with Kris being one of the quickest drivers on our books. Not only quick but also a great team player, Kris will be helping Steven understand the car and with a bit of luck, together they will keep the #79 car at the top of the GTA championship!”

Team HARD. Racing currently sit 5th and 7th in the overall standings after a solid start to the season which has yielded multiple podiums and class wins in the GTH and GTA classes of the series. The GT Cup championship is available to watch on Youtube, Front Runner TV and Amazon Prime with the next round being held over the weekend of the 27th-28th July.

 

Photography Credit: AViT Media

Callum Jenkins Joins Prosser for GT Cup Debut

Callum Jenkins Joins Prosser for GT Cup Debut

Former Volkswagen Racing Cup entrant Callum Jenkins will make his GT Cup debut at this weekends round held at Snetterton and joins Kris Prosser with Team HARD. Racing. Jenkins raced for the team in 2018 taking a top 4 finish in the Volkswagen Racing Cup on the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit last term. Jenkins will be at the wheel of the #79 Ginetta G55 Supercup car that currently sits 4th in the championship standings after the opening round at Donington Park and will be in the GTA class.

Team HARD. Racing Managing Director Tony Gilham is pleased to see Callum back in the driving seat with the team. “Callum is a very likeable guy and I’m glad that we’ve been able to help him get back on the grid in 2019.

Callum had a strong season in 2018 driving one of our Volkswagen Golf Gti’s last season in a campaign that saw him get stronger and stronger as the season progressed.

This weekend will present a new challenge for Callum who will be mastering a rear-wheel drive race car for the first time. He has some fantastic teammates to learn off and I have full confidence that he can hit the ground running and help our championship charge.”

This is the first full season Team HARD. Racing has entered the GT Cup series. The team had a great debut three weeks ago at Donington Park taking all but one class win over the weekends racing. The opening weekends display demonstrated that the Ginetta is a proven package in the series.

Jenkins is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of racing machinery this weekend. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to be racing in the GT Cup with Team-HARD. Racing. I have aspired to do GT racing since I began racing and I am grateful for the support that the team has provided to progress me through the ranks to get me to this stage.

Taking over the #79 car is big shoes to fill after their clean sweep of wins at Donington but I’ve been doing all that I can to make sure I hit the ground running and carry on the team’s great form, it’s going to be a great weekend.”

Team HARD. Racing currently sit 4th and 6th in the overall standings after a solid debut weekend which yielded six wins and a further two podiums in the GTH and GTA classes of the series. The GT Cup championship is available to watch LIVE on Facebook and Youtube with two one-hour races taking place on both Saturday and Sunday (11th-12th May).

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Kris Prosser Enters GT Cup in the Team HARD. Racing #79 Ginetta

Kris Prosser Enters GT Cup in the Team HARD. Racing #79 Ginetta

The 2018 Britcar Sprint Champion Kris Prosser joins Team HARD. Racing for the second round of the GT Cup championship which takes place mext weekend on the Snetterton 300 circuit, Norfolk. Kris will be at the wheel of the #79 Ginetta G55 Supercup car that currently sits 4th in the championship standings after the open round at Donington Park.

The Motorsports Technology graduate is looking forward to joining a race winning team. “I’m very excited to be joining Team Hard. Racing at Snetterton in the GT Cup Championship. I’ve been focusing on completing my degree at the University of Hertfordshire over the last few months and it’s going to be great to jump back in the driving seat with a winning team and with a clear mindset.

I’ve not driven the Ginetta G55 Supercup car before but with plenty of rear wheel drive experience in 2018 I’m sure I’m going to fit right in.

After the highs of last season, I’m looking forward to picking up some more silverware this time around as well!”

2019 has seen the team enter a full season in the GT Cup for the first time. The team had a one-off entry last season and claimed the race win with Adam Hatfield at the wheel of the teams Ginetta G55. The Ginetta is a proven package in the GT Cup after a strong outing at the opening round of the series at Donington.

Team HARD. Racings GT Team Manager, Elliot Wood, is optimistic that the #79 car will once again be at the front of the pack this weekend. “I am very excited to be working with Kris at upcoming round of GT Cup action. We competed against him last year in the Britcar Sprint series where Kris showed some very good pace and competitiveness!

Kris has been on our radar for a couple of years now and we are looking forward to seeing what his experience will bring to the Team HARD. Racing stable!

He is no stranger to rear wheel drive; we have seen numerous wins in the BMW in the Britcar series last season and we are confident that Kris and the Ginetta will be like a duck to water.”

Team HARD. Racing currently sit 4th and 6th in the overall standings after a solid debut weekend which yielded six wins and a further two podiums in the GTH and GTA classes of the series. The GT Cup championship is available to watch LIVE on Facebook and Youtube with two one-hour races taking place on both Saturday and Sunday (11th-12th May).

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Team Hard offers exciting new Scholarship into  GT Cup worth in the region of £100,000

Team Hard offers exciting new Scholarship into GT Cup worth in the region of £100,000

Tony Gilham and Team HARD Racing are offering the opportunity to win a fully funded works drive for the GT Cup Championship in 2020. A Prize fund that is worth in the region of £100,000.

Following a very successful year in which this outfit secured championship wins in the VW Racing Cup and Britcar Endurance championship, Team Hard has decided to rerun the scholarship programme once again after a short break.

Drivers can win the opportunity to race in a Team HARDs Ginetta GT4 SuperCup car fully race prepared and built to the latest specification.

This fully funded drive for the 2020 race season in GT Cup, will be on a full arrive and drive basis and will include these great benefits:

– Championship entry & Race entry fees
– Ten test days throughout the season & Race fuel
– Fully qualified staff and support,
– Race car hire
– Full tyre allocation
– VIP race weekend hospitality for you and up to 3 guests.
– Full In-house management, sponsorship introduction and representation from Tony Gilham and Team HARD.
– Racing as part of Team Hards full driver development programme.

This Scholarship is open to anyone over the age of 16 with a senior race licence (no upper age limit) or anyone without a race license that holds a full UK driving license to try and find the next racing champion. However, if you currently hold a race licence, please call to discuss your eligibility.

For full terms and costs, please visit https://www.team-hard.com/scholarship-2019/ or call (01634) 712221.

There are limited spaces available (on a first come first served basis) and the days will be scheduled to suit each individual at the end of the 2019 season.

The competition will consist of a full day for each entrant at one of the UK’s top circuits (TBC). There will be on track driving assessments at the wheel of one of our VW Cup cars with professional instructors as well as a fitness/reaction test and a media exercise. The top 10 drivers from the competition over the week will be invited back for the final shootout on a suitable date for all finalists.

Prizes

The top 3 drivers will all win a prize:

1st Place – will receive a fully funded season in the 2020 Gt Cup championship, their national B race licence (if required) and a full 12-month management programme.

2nd Place – will be given the opportunity to obtain their National B race licence (if required) and a full test day in a Ginetta GT4 SuperCup car.

3rd Place – will be given the opportunity to obtain their national B race licence (if required) and take part on a Team HARD track day.

Images taken by Inked Hand Images & Prescott Motorsport Photography
Written by Team Hard & Bute Motorsport


Rudd and Randon to Challenge for GT Cup Title in 2019

Rudd and Randon to Challenge for GT Cup Title in 2019

Today we can confirm that Simon Rudd and Sam Randon will be competing in the 2019 GT Cup championship driving the teams Ginetta G55. The pair have raced together previously when Randon stepped in to cover Rudd’s team-mate Tom Barley for one round of the Britcar Endurance championship in 2018. Together they won the Donington endurance round outright – a first for Team HARD.

Rudd, who won the GT4 class of the Britcar Endurance series in 2018 is the longest standing driver in the Team HARD. Racing ranks. Rudd has been with the team since the start and will be entering his 6th year in 2019.

“Being the longest standing driver of Team Hard. Racing is something that I am very proud of. We went to meet Tony with hardly any budget back in 2013 and we are now entering our 6th year of racing – it has been a journey!

For 2019, there was only one option that appealed to me and that was to team up with Sam. He did a mega job when we raced together last year, taking the overall victory at Donington.

We instantly gelled, which for me is such an important attribute when racing as a team. I am sure we will be pushing each other to the limit in 2019!

I am looking forward to the step up to GT Cup. There is a new format which I think is great and we are there to win the title.”

Following a one-off appearance in the first round of the 2018 GT Cup, winning the GT4 class in a Maserati, Randon joined Team HARD. Racing in 2018 partnering Rudd before racing against him for the remainder of the Britcar Endurance championship in the sister Team HARD. Racing Ginetta and NGTC Toyota Avensis.

“I’m really pleased to be paired up with Simon Rudd this year.” said Randon

“It was an instant spark between us as a pairing last year and we said at the time we hope to drive together again. Simon takes his racing very seriously and with Team HARD. Racing behind us we both fully intend to win the class.”

2019 will see the team enter a full season in the GT Cup for the first time. The team had a one-off entry last season and claimed the race win with Adam Hatfield at the wheel of the teams Ginetta G55.

Managing Director, Tony Gilham is happy to see the pair progressing up the motorsport ladder. “I can’t wait to see the pairing get going in the GT Cup this season. I’ve known Simon for a long time now and I know that he can challenge at the front. He has plenty of experience in the Ginetta G55 and it’s only right for a champion to progress to the next level the following season.

Sam made a fantastic impression on the team in 2018 and proved that he is quick in any car he drives. A string of top-level performances in the Ginetta last season proved to me that he can make the jump up the motorsport ladder in 2019. This is a great opportunity for all parties to add a new championship to their collection.”

Randon is supported by long-term sponsors Randon is supported by long-term headline sponsors Twincentric Integration and Velocity IT Interim and Consulting, along with Incite Consulting, MX Display, AVIT Media, DMi Integration, Catena Business Networking and the Chequered Flag micro-bar.

Rudd will be backed from continued sponsors Elsfab, Jackson Lift Group, The Vertical Transportation Studio, Momentum Consultancy Group, Lester Controls, BE Collaboration and DJMotorsport.

2019 is proving to be a year of new challenges for Team HARD. Racing who have added the Renault Clio Cup UK, Mini Challenge UK and now the GT Cup to the list of championships the team are entering. The scope of championships the team now enters shows just have big the team has grown since its inception in 2013. In doing so, this benefits everyone involved from the team’s partners, the drivers sponsor and the drivers themselves. There is a clear motorsport ladder for all Team HARD. Racing drivers to progress up. This is a one stop shop.