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.
We can confirm today that Paul Taylor has returned to Team HARD. Racing for 2019. Taylor, who last raced for the team in 2017 will be taking part in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup which is a part of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) support package. The 2016 and 2017 VAG Trophy champion will be entered as an Am in the series which will be run over 8 weekends, all of which can be viewed LIVE on ITV4.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD. Racing is delighted to be reunited with Taylor after spending last season as rivals in the VW Racing Cup. “It’s great to have Paul (Taylor) back in the Team HARD stable for 2019. He won the VAG trophy with us back in 2016 and 2017 and we both think its time to step up to the Ginetta Supercup after sampling it at the end of 2017.
Paul has some fantastic partners who have been with him for a very long time. From a personal point of view, I’m looking forward to showing them how far Team HARD have come since they were last associated with us. Pauls return to the team is just another sign of how far we have come and the respect we have earnt in British Motorsport over the last couple of years, we are in a very good place.”
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. Taylor is hoping to feed off the knowledge these drivers have of the series as he aims for the Am honours.
“Tony and myself have been good friends for some time now and I can’t wait to be working with the team again in 2019. They did a fantastic job in helping me clinch the VAG trophy in previous years and I can see how hard they have worked to develop as a team.
One of the main reasons for me signing with Tony and the Team HARD squad for 2019 is the knowledge they have of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship. I’ve already spoken to Carl (Boardley) and Michael (Crees) on what to expect this year and I believe that this knowledge will prove invaluable as I aim to hit the ground running!
The plan is to be consistent this year, collecting as many points as possible every weekend. It worked for me in the VAG Trophy and I hope it will work again this season as I push for the championship.”
The signing of Taylor means that Team HARD. Racing will continue to have an ever-growing presence in the Toca paddock in 2019 after the news that the team will be entering the Renault UK Clio Cup in its swansong season. The team is on the rise as it looks to expand its business hub and present new opportunities for drivers of all ages to showcase their talents.
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”.
Team HARD, having previously announced that it will enter two Ginetta G55 GT4s in the 2018 British GT Championship with a Silver and a Pro/Am pairing, can now reveal its driver line-ups for the forthcoming season.
In the #88 Ginetta G55 GT4, established Team HARD driver Ben Wallace will be joined by Nick Worm in a Silver pairing.
Ben Wallace begins his first full season in the Ginetta G55 GT4 after a busy 2017 where he finished third in the VAG Trophy and competed in three rounds of the British GT Championship. Young German driver Nick Worm joins Team HARD following his debut season in 2017, competing in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.
In the #34 Pro/Am entry Anna Walewska joins the team to be partnered with Callum Hawkins-Row.
2018 will be Anna Walewska’s third season in the British GT Championship and her first with Team HARD. In 2016 Anna finished third in the GT4 Pro Am category. Callum Hawkins-Row joined Team HARD in 2015 as part of its highly successful driver development programme. Alongside Angus Dudley, Callum drove the team’s Ginetta G55 GT4 to third place in the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship in the GT4 category and fifth place overall, beating some GT3 entries in doing so.
Team Principal Tony Gilham: “We’re very excited about this season. We had a great debut in 2016 culminating in the team championship. 2017 wasn’t the best year for us so we’re looking to come back this year with a very strong line-up. We’ve got what we consider to be both strong Silver and Pro-Am pairings so we’re going to go for both titles.”
“We’ve decided to continue with Ginetta as we have a good relationship with them running several cars in Britcar and we’ve got a strong Ginetta GT4 Supercup entry this year but in British GT we’re geared up for, hopefully, a very strong showing.”
#88, Ginetta G55 GT4 (Silver)
Ben Wallace: “I’m really excited and looking forward to the new season. I’m going to learn as much as possible, keep my nose clean and hopefully get some good results out of it. I haven’t had too much experience working with Nick (Worm) but I have high hopes that we’ll have some good races together and get some good results. I’m also looking forward to working with Anna (Walewska) and Callum (Hawkins-Row) as they have some good experience in the Ginetta and we can help each other out.”
Nick Worm: “The British GT Championship is a very prominent series with a lot of strong competitors and enthusiastic fans so it made my decision to join Team HARD, in the end, quite easy. Ben has a lot of experience in GT cars so I guess I have a lot to learn from him. Maybe he can learn something from me from Formula cars which is what this is about – driving and sharing the car – so I hope we’re going to have a successful season together. My objectives for the season are getting to know GT cars in general, to maximise points and get a high position in the championship”
#34, Ginetta G55 GT4 (Pro/Am)
Anna Walewska: “I’ve raced against Team HARD in the British GT Championship so I know what they can do and I know that they can put a competitive car on the grid. A bonus for me is my partner Callum Hawkins-Row, a driver who is pretty rapid. Coupled with my experience of racing Ginettas in the British GT Championship, we’ve covered everything that we need to get a good result. I want to be challenging for the front – that’s where the goal is set – and I don’t think that is unreasonable with the paring and the car we’re in this year. I will be carrying University of Bolton branding on the car but it will be re-branded as the National Centre of Motorsport Engineering so it’ll be quite exciting to launch NCME for the year.”
Callum Hawkins-Row: “I’m over the moon finalising my 2018 season and I’m grateful for the faith that Tony Gilham put in me from BRSCC Fiesta Juniors, into Britcar and now into the British GT Championship. I think I’ve gone some way to justify Tony’s faith in me. British GT is a critical step for me to make if I want to pursue my career as a professional driver. With Anna, it’s going to be a really solid partnership. I feel that I’m going to learn a lot from her and I feel that I have things that she can learn from me. As a pairing we are going to grow and are going to be very strong. Obviously we want our overall podiums along the way and we want to do the best we can in the overall Championship but that Pro/Am title is calling us!”
Team HARD and all four drivers will be present at the British GT Championship Media Day to be held at Donington Park on March 8.
Team HARD. are excited to announce a third CONSECUTIVE season in British GT this season with a two car GT4 entry and an all new driver line up.
Team HARD. had a very eventful, but frustrating 2017 especially after a very special debut season in 2016, culminating in winning the team championship.
The British GT package is a very special place to be and the team cannot wait to come back this year with a competitive package. One driver pairing is confirmed as is the first seat in the second car and we are in discussions with a few other suitably competitive and funded drivers for the remaining seat.
Team HARD. Manager Gary Allen said, “It was touch and go for a while as to whether we had our two cars accepted for 2018. The appeal of GT racing and the SRO package has meant that the series is in fact over-subscribed, so it was a case of working as hard as possible to make sure we were in the best shape possible for 2018 following approval of our entries. We now have a dedicated GT factory and have built a very solid infrastructure as we look to challenge again for the team championship we won in 2016.”
Team HARD. have a silver pairing already signed for the first car as well as a star of the future in the first seat for the second car. All three drivers confirmed so far have experience in the GT4 machinery and will be looking to hit the ground running come the first race weekend at Oulton Park in March.
Team HARD. Principle Tony Gilham added “GT4 is growing at a very fast rate and the level of competition is very high. We are under no illusions how strong the grid will be this year but are more than ready and as a team we are always up for the challenge. I think the rise of interest in the GT world as a whole and especially GT4 makes it a very appealing career move for up and coming racing drivers. Couple that with our unique concept as a team and that is arguably one of the best overall packages available.”