Michael Crees in for Britcar ‘into the night’ finale at Brands Hatch
2018 Ginetta GT4 Supercup AM champion Michael Crees will take to the wheel of the Team HARD. Racing Toyota Avensis in the Britcar finale at Brands Hatch. Michael will be joined by Britcar regular Sam Randon in what will be one of the strongest pairings on the grid.
Crees is delighted to get more track time in a touring car. “It’s safe to say that after testing the Team HARD CC and Avensis this week I’ve caught the touring car bug! The Britcar championship is a perfect opportunity to get more track time in the car and get used to front wheel drive which is all new to me after two years in a rear wheel drive Ginetta. The weekend also provides a very special opportunity, driving a touring car at night! I’m relishing this opportunity and would like to thank Team HARD for having me onboard.”
Team boss Tony Gilham has been impressed with Michael’s performances this week. “Michael was quick straight out of the box on Tuesday when he drove our CC at Snetterton. With our #24 car still in contention for the overall Britcar endurance championship I’ve been searching for a driver to partner Sam and help take points off our rivals. Michael fits the bill perfectly and his champion status makes him a force to be reckoned with during the final round of the season. We want to end our season at the top.”
Head down to Brands Hatch on 17th/18th November to see Michael and the rest of the crew in action in what is set 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 close the Motorsport season.
SAM Randon may have had a frustrating 2018 motor racing season – but the young Ashbourne driver knows exactly what he will be doing next year.
Randon has been signed up by Team Hard – the BTCC and GT racing team he made a winning guest appearance for recently. This season saw Randon struggling first with funding issues then, when he had funding in place to drive a Maserati in the GT Championships, he was unable to find a funded co-driver for the endurance race format, which requires drivers to swap over.
Sam raced and won the last Britcar round at Donington Park with Simon Rudd. This weekend they race against each other.
“It will be strange racing against Simon this weekend.” said Randon.
When one of Team Hard’s drivers was unavailable in July, Randon stepped in – and he and Simon Rudd not only won their GT4 class but won the race outright in Team Hard’s Ginetta G55.
Team Hard boss Tony Gilham, an ex-British Touring Cars driver, said: “We’ve been watching Sam’s progress over the last couple of seasons.
“It was great to finally welcome him to the Team Hard family for the last Britcar round at Donington.
“As expected, Sam was the perfect choice to replace Tom Barley and went on to win on his debut and put in a complete performance to keep our championship aspirations alive.
“Sam is a great driver and very professional on and off the track, which is needed in modern day motor sport.
“Being the complete package is essential and Sam is exactly that, so we are very much looking forward to building a great relationship moving forwards.”
Randon had stepped up to GT racing from Clio Cup competition, in which he had also struggled for finance. But, despite the big, powerful cars involved, GT racing represents relative value for money for aspiring drivers and, as a team event, the costs are shared between two or sometimes three drivers.
Randon’s 2018 season is not quite done, as he will guest again for Team Hard in another round of the Britcar Championship this weekend at Snetterton, standing in this time for the team’s other car in the championship.
This time he will be racing with Angus Dudley, also in a Ginetta, but against his teammate last time, Rudd, with whom he clearly hit it off.
“It will be strange racing directly against Simon,” said Randon.
“We got on so well at the last round and were very similar paced. But at least we know the team this time and the car so it won’t be quite as daunting.
“Angus is a quick driver so I’m hopeful we will work well together and can be challenging for the silverware.”
By Colston Crawford – Ashbourne News Telegraph
Team HARD. Racing are very pleased to announce that rising star Callum Hawkins Row will return to the Britcar Endurance Championship this weekend at the Silverstone GP round. Callum will be replacing Darron Lewis alongside regular driver Adam Hatfield as Darron is away on a family holiday.
Callum is no stranger to the Britcar championship having completed a full season in 2017 achieving multiple podiums and enjoying lots of successful race weekends showcasing his ever improving talent.
Callum will be at the wheel of a freshly built Ginetta G55 GT4 spec car and will have his first taste of the new machinery tomorrow during testing following a successful shakedown this afternoon with Adam at the wheel.
Callum has been competing in British GT so far this season and will have to adjust to the car that has no ABS or traction control unlike his 2018 GT4 Ginetta.
Tony Gilham said, “Callum has been an integral part of the team for a number of years now and it has been great to be part of his journey so far. He is a very special talent and is developing as a racing driver in all areas. We talk a lot about being the complete package in modern day motorsport and Callum has the ability to succeed at the very top of the ladder with an all round quality both on and off track. Im sure he will once again take this in his stride and form a very strong pairing with Adam who himself has been a revelation since joining team HARD.”
Callum added, “I am very much looking forward to working with Adam and being part of the Britcar championship again. I had a great year in 2017 and had a great weekend at Silverstone last year so cannot wait to get back out on the GP circuit. We won twice last year on this circuit so will be looking to build on that success and see what we can do this weekend in the new car. I love my racing and have been working very hard to improve so can’t wait to see how we get on against the other guys in our class.”
Team HARD. Racing are very pleased to confirm their second pairing in the Dunlop Endurance Championship for 2018. Following a class 3 title winning season in 2017, Darron Lewis will pair up with Adam Hatfield as they look to challenge for overall honours in 2018.
Team owner Tony Gilham said “Darron will be entering his third season with the team and he has been an absolute revelation since coming on board in any car that he has sat in. He deserved his win last year with his pace and consistency and also produced some very memorable moments like his start at the Donington Park. He was also awarded driver of the year so to retain his services is great for us as a team. Alongside Darron will be Adam Hatfield who came on board last season and who also proved to be a very capable driver in a variety of machinery. At the Britcar Silverstone round he was a class act and they will be looking to form a very strong partnership and championship assault “
Darron said “After coming so close to the overall title last year, finishing second in the championship, it is great to be back with Team HARD. to try to go one step better and to also defend our class win. Thanks again to the team for the opportunity and I’m very much looking forward to a third year with them. I’ll be racing alongside Adam and after racing against him a couple of times last year, I’m sure that we will be able to push towards the front from the get go.”
Adam has also enjoyed a great relationship with the team over the last year or so and we have seen his progression all the way to British GT as well as debuting the Toyota Avensis BTCC car in Britcar at Oulton Park.
Adam said ” I am super excited to be back with Team HARD. for the 2018 season, we had some great success together in 2017 and hope to continue that this year. I can’t wait to get underway and partner up with Darron who has a proven track record in the Ginetta and Britcar being a returning class champion. The competition will be tough as always but let’s hope we can emulate that success this season.”
Team HARD. Racing are very pleased to confirm their first pairing in the Dunlop Endurance Championship for 2018. Following a very successful year in 2017, Simon Rudd and Tom Barley team up again for what is a proven and very formidable partnership.
Team owner Tony Gilham said “Simon is our longest serving driver and will be with us for his 5th consecutive season. Last year was a great season for Simon and we saw another level of development both on and off track. Tom will now be entering what will be his 4th season with us as well, so we have a very strong relationship with both drivers and that helps as we look to put together a potential championship winning package. “
Simon said ” I am delighted to re-sign with Team HARD. for the 2018 season. It has been a tough winter but with Tony and the teams help, it is great to know that we will be back out there to fight once again. We had a great season last year and but for some issues that were out of our control, we had a real chance to win the championship. This year, we are hoping to go one better and take the crown. A huge thanks to the team, my family, Steve and all my loyal partners for their support once again. Watch this space for some more announcements over the coming weeks.
Tom has also enjoyed a great relationship with the team over the last few years and have seen his progression all the way to his BTCC debut in 2013.
Tom said ” I am delighted to be back for another season with Team HARD. 2017 was my most enjoyable and successful year of racing to date, with thanks to 5 race wins, a flawless crew preparing the car and a brilliant team mate in Mr Rudd. I hope that Simon and I can challenge for the championship again in 2018!”
Tony concluded “We are very much looking forward to working with Simon and Tom again and also a massive thank you to Claire, Rob and the rest of the Britcar team for their hard work and commitment in putting together what we believe to be a very good championship”.