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.”
Team HARD Racing are very proud to announce an exciting pairing for their 3rd Britcar Endurance entry and a further extension of their young driver programme. Angus Dudley and Callum Hawkins-Row will team up to form what we feel will be a formidable partnership and the start of a very long and successful GT racing career. They are both way ahead of their years off track and have the pace on track to really mount a championship assault in their debut year in senior racing. They both competed at the front of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship in 2016 to learn the ropes and will now step up to take the wheel of a fully refreshed Ginetta G55 in the endurance category.
Callum said “I am thrilled to be competing in the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship, driving the fantastic Ginetta G55 as a full time driver for Team Hard. Following the successes in the 2016 Fiesta Junior Championship, I am looking forward to the challenges involved in moving from sprint racing to endurance racing as I move into senior competition. I have a fantastic driver partner in Angus Dudley, whom I already have a great working relationship with. Such an amazing opportunity only comes from the ongoing belief and support from my business partners, sponsors, family and friends and I look forward to developing a new relationship with RCIB insurance, Amber Motorhomes and others as I move forward this season. I can’t wait to get started and repay the faith that Tony Gilham has shown in me as a fully fledged member of the Team Hard racing family.”
Tony Gilham added “Callum has been known to the team for a number of years now and was a part of our young driver programme last year racing with one of our working partners Jamsport in the Fiesta juniors. He has outstanding natural ability and is super quick so it will be very interesting to see how he develops and matures in a whole new area of motorsport. It will be very important that we really focus on consistency and concentration for the longer races.” “We have also been in regular communication with Angus over the winter break and it is quite clear just how much he wants this and his whole approach has been very impressive. We are under no illusion that this will be a big step up but we believe that it will prove to be a positive move for them both as we look to build their profile as well as all round driver ability. It is all important nowadays to be the complete package and we will work very hard to make sure that we leave no stone unturned with their development.”
Angus commented “I am ecstatic about joining Team Hard Racing for the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship. After my maiden season in cars last year racing in the Junior Fiesta Championship with the superb team at Jamsport, the move to rear wheel drive Ginettas will be an incredibly exciting challenge. I know Callum off and on the track and am delighted to be racing alongside him in this awesome championship. I am so grateful to Tony and all at Team Hard for this opportunity and will be working hard to make them proud. Here’s to a successful 2017!”
Britcar are very pleased to announce the second Team HARD. pairing in the Dunlop Endurance Championship for 2017. Following a successful début for the team in the recent night race at their local circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent, they have decided that they would like to support the continued growth of our reinvented Britcar Championship into 2017 and beyond – and even more excited to have secured a deal that will see Darron Lewis and Tommy Knight pairing up in what they believe will be another very strong partnership.
Team director Tony Gilham said “Darron stays with us following a very successful debut year in the VAG Trophy finishing runner up and realistically should have taken the championship win looking back now. Darron knows that and will be looking to build on the experience gained as he aims for the Britcar championship in 2017. He is lightning quick and on his debut in the Ginetta was a class act and showed outstanding pace and consistency which is all important for endurance racing.”
Darron said “I am really excited to rejoin Team HARD for a second year and even more so that I am returning to rear wheel drive having sampled the Ginetta in the Brands night race. When the opportunity came up to drive the Ginetta with Tony and the team it was something I couldn’t turn down. This will be my 2nd year with the team and I’m enjoying every minute and can’t wait to get going again.”
Alongside Darron will be Tommy Knight who we have also enjoyed a great relationship with over this season. Tony continued “Tommy is also a very capable driver and we believe that he will also have the pace and consistency to match the front runners and so be competing for silverware from the off. If we can increase the confidence and self-belief in Tommy we will really see the potential that we have recognised shine through”
Tommy said “I’m so excited to be back with Tony and the rest of the team again for a second season. It’s also a return for me to rear wheel drive machinery and I absolutely loved my experience racing at the end of last season. The Ginetta is an amazing car and I cannot wait to get back out in it, especially, as it looked very much like I wasn’t going to be racing this year. I‘ll be working as hard as possible to make sure we are in the fight for the Championship.”