Team HARD. Racing with GKR Scaffolding Scholarship Returns for 2019.

Team HARD. Racing with GKR Scaffolding Scholarship Returns for 2019.

Team HARD. Racing have teamed up with the GKR Scaffolding #BetterFuture programme to offer YOU the opportunity to win a fully funded works drive for the 2020 Volkswagen Racing Cup season. A Prize fund that is worth in the region of £100,000.

Following a very successful year in which we secured the championship win in the Volkswagen Racing Cup for the third time and for the second year in succession we have decided to run our scholarship programme again after a short break.

Win the opportunity to race in a Team HARD. VW Golf GTI R Wide body cup car fully race prepared and built to the latest specification.

A fully funded drive for the 2020 race season in the VW Racing Cup on a full arrive and drive basis to include championship entry, race entry fees, 10 test days throughout the season, all test and race fuel, fully qualified staff and support, race car hire and full tyre allocation

Full In-house management, sponsorship introduction and representation from Tony Gilham and Team HARD. Racing as part of our 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.

Tony Gilham of Team HARD, said: “I’m very proud to be running the Scholarship program again for 2020. The previous Scholarship went very well and we found some amazing talent and signed several drivers off the back of it.

Having worked my way up from the MR2 championship through the VW Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and into the BTCC, I understand how difficult it is to get a start in motorsport. So, to be able to offer someone this opportunity is an absolute pleasure for us.

I will be one of the judges in the final and I cannot wait to help give someone their break in motorsport. We have learnt from the last time we ran the scholarship and this time round we will make sure it is bigger and better for everyone involved.

The VW Racing Cup is a perfect stepping stone to move up the saloon car racing ladder as we now have the complete journey available in house at Team HARD. Racing.”

The 2018 winner Ethan Hammerton has enjoyed great success taking multiple podiums in the Volkswagen Racing Cup before graduating to the UK’s premiere racing series, the British Touring Car Championship.

Ethan said “The Team HARD. Racing with GKR Scaffolding scholarship is a fantastic event and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.

I learnt an array of skills from driving improvements to media interaction, it really is an extensive test and learning process. Thanks to Tony and the team I now have BTCC experience which 12 months ago I could only have dreamed of.

Winning the scholarship has enabled me to get my name on the Motorsport map and in doing have acquired many new sponsors and partners that are now helping me compete in the Renault UK Clio Cup series in 2019, with Team HARD. Racing of course.”


The top 3 drivers will all win a prize:

1st place will receive a fully funded season in the 2020 VW 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 VW Cup 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.

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.


The price to enter this competition is £499.


For more information, dates and to pay the £250 (non-Refundable) deposit please call (01634) 712221. The balance will be due by a month before the competition takes place.


Please note 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.

To reserve your place on our 2019 scholarship programme, follow the link below.


ANNOUNCEMENT: Team HARD. GKR BetterFuture Scholarship

ANNOUNCEMENT: Team HARD. GKR BetterFuture Scholarship

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 scholarship programme at Croft just a couple of weeks ago.

We have now been in touch with the finalists which will take place at Brands Hatch on the 19th March.

If you haven’t received a phone call, unfortunately you haven’t made it through to the final shoot out. However, you will all get a personal call in the next week or so in order to give you feedback from your assessment.

We hope you all enjoyed the opportunity and you can all take something away with you from the day. It was great to meet you all and welcome you to the Team HARD. family.

There are still some very interesting discussions that will happen with some of you as we look to continue our investment and support in the world of Motorsport.

We apologise but had to do it this way due to the timescales, a very busy team programme and the fast approaching race season but you will all be contacted individually.

Thanks again


GKR Scaffolding partners with Team HARD. racing for Scholarship

GKR Scaffolding partners with Team HARD. racing for Scholarship

Team HARD. announce GKR Scaffolding as partner for the 2018 Team HARD Racing Scholarship Programme.

The programme will now become the ‘GKR BetterFuture Scholarship’. GKR’s investment means that the scholarship winner will have the chance to test one of the VW CC British Touring Cars at the end of the 2018 race season.

GKR was Bobby Thompson’s platinum sponsor as he became the VW Cup champion last season. As industry leaders in a high performance, skilled environment, GKR focus on growing and developing capabilities and careers via their BetterFuture programme.
As with their investment in Bobby, this partnership will demonstrate natural progression through Team HARD, from grassroots and junior racing to becoming a professional racing driver.

In what is a very tough industry to find support and investment, Team HARD can now offer this whilst assisting the winner in their journey up the motorsport ladder.

The competition will consist of a full day for each entrant at the Croft race circuit between February 19th and February 23rd. There will be on track driving assessments in a GKR VW Cup car with professional instructors. Competitors will also undergo fitness/reaction tests and a media exercise. The top 10 drivers from the competition over the week will be invited back for the final shootout. The winner will compete in the GKR Racing car in the 2018 VW Cup.

Tony Gilham, Owner of Team HARD Racing added:
“It is refreshing to work closely with people that have the same vision as us and companies that want to help create a better future in their respected industries. Between us, we are able to offer a very unique opportunity for up and coming racing drivers. With the support of GKR Scaffolding, we can provide opportunities through the scholarship programme with the added incentive of a BTCC test for the winner. It takes everything to a whole new level.
The scholarship is filling up fast with only limited spaces available. We now expect the remaining places to be taken up very quickly.”

Neil Rowswell, Director at GKR Scaffolding said:
“We have two core values within our business that fit naturally with motorsport – building high performance teams and a commitment to constant improvement.
It’s investment in developing people and their skills that is at the heart of our BetterFuture programme. Extending this outside the business allows us to play an active part in a sport that interests us as well as create a better future for an individual with genuine talent.”

We are using cookies on our website

Please confirm, if you accept our tracking cookies. You can also decline the tracking, so you can continue to visit our website without any data sent to third party services.