You started the Truck racing season a few weeks ago. How did it go?
They have changed the setup this year. The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) have taken the coordination of the series over. We have had a bit of trouble as they are trying to cut out the smoke (from the trucks). We have cut it down by half but there have been very harsh penalties which has hurt us.
I was pulled out of two races, one that I was leading, and given time penalties but we are still third in the championship so all in all it was a good weekend especially as it is a new truck thart we have just rebuilt.
You are now racing under the Team HARD banner. How is it being in the Team HARD stable?
It is great. Tony and Ben’s support and all at Team HARD is unbelievable. It has just got bigger and bigger. It is a good platform for us to start from. It looks like we will go full time with it next year. Possibly running a few trucks and just increase the profile of Cole Trucksport/Team HARD in the Truck racing world.
For people not familiar with truck racing how is the championship run? Are there different classes?
Years ago there used to be three classes now there are just two classes but these are getting tighter and tighter.
Our truck is an old mechanical engine and older vehicle but we are only two seconds a lap off the pace of the Division One Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) £300,000 worth of machinery built in Europe!
Are there specific types of trucks that can take part in the truck racing?
A lot of the trucks use the same chasis rails and MAN axles and a Cummins engine. Our truck is a Mercedes Cab. We are trying to stay with Mercedes as there isn’t currently a Mercedes truck in the championship. This is helping with sponsorship as we have had interest from Mercedes dealers.
Your next race is over in Pembrey in Wales. How are you feeling about that?
I like Pembrey. It is a technical track but I am a multiple race winner there so I’m very hopeful!
Today Team HARD. Racing are pleased to announce that it is to dip it’s toe into another part of the racing world. . . . . . . Trucks!!!
Team HARD. Principle Tony Gilham met with Cole Trucksport owner/driver Simon Cole on a few occasions and have found a common ground with their passion for motorsport, their love of winning and both coming from the garden of England, Kent.
The collaboration will start straight away, the new build 1000 bhp Cole Trucksport Mercedes will carry a little of the Team HARD.s famous pink and green livery for the 2018 season which kicks off at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 31st of March 2018.
Tony said on the partnership “I love all levels of motorsport and want to see the Team HARD. brand competing at every level and with the right partners. I have been speaking with Simon for a while and we struck a deal over the partnership earlier this week. There are a lot of exciting things that will come from this and I recommend everyone keeps their eyes out for future announcements”.
Integral to the deal was Team Manager of Cole Trucksport, Brad Candlish who said “We are very privileged here at Cole Trucksport to be working in this new partnership with Team HARD. I’ve admired the team for a very long time I think they are an absolute credit to Motorsport. It’s an exciting time to be developing fresh ideas together and we’re very much looking forward to delivering something completely new to the motorsport world. We look forward to a revealing 2018 and an inspiring future”.
Keeping with the Team HARD. ethos of being at the interesting end of racing, Simon finished 3rd in division 2 in 2017 and with the help of Team HARD. is very confident that the title is a possibility for 2018. Simon echoed what Tony had said earlier “It’s been an amazing year for Cole Trucksport and myself Simon Cole but 2018 is going to be epic working in partnership with the guys at Team HARD. It’s a chance of a lifetime and I cannot wait for 2018 and the years to come”.