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.
The latest edition to the Team HARD. Racing business hub is start up company JMS Competitions. JMS Competitions (www.jmscompetitions.co.uk) will have a presence on the teams 2019 British Touring Car Championship Volkswagen CC’s as well as the teams GT title challengers. This new partnership will also make the team’s more premium offerings such as experience days and hospitality days more accessible to fans as the team are providing JMS Competitions with an array of prizes over the upcoming season.
The e-commerce organisation setup by John Stevens from Kent will be offering a host of high-end prizes from games consoles, jewellery and even classic/sports/performance cars. JMS Competitions announce all prize winners live on Facebook and you can expect these draws to be made by our BTCC stars throughout the season.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director of Team HARD see’s great value in linking up with JMS Competitions for the 2019 season. “John has been a long-time friend of the family and used to race with us in the VAG Trophy a while back in our Passat cup car. It’s great to support him as he starts this new venture. John’s business offers a fantastic opportunity for us to offer our experience days to fans that may not otherwise have access to our offering.
Some of the prizes JMS Competition already have on offer are remarkable and I might even enter myself, I’d love a MkII Golf GTi on the driveway at home!”
John, Owner of JMS Competitions is delighted to be back with the Team in a new capacity. “I raced with Team HARD back in the day competing in the VAG trophy. The team have come on so much since I raced with them. The business hub is now vast, and this is perfect for me to raise the awareness of my new business.
The team is going to be operating a merchandise stand at various rounds of this year’s British Touring Car Championship which provides me with a perfect opportunity to meet my target market and push my brand into the public domain.
The team have one of the biggest fanbases in the UK and working alongside them across the UK’s best circuits can only benefit my business.”
The Team HARD. Racing business hub is continuing to grow as we move closer to the start of the racing season. Motorsport is the teams show and acts as an activation method for businesses from all industries to network and boost revenue. JMS Competition are just the latest to confirm their participation in one of the fastest growing business hubs in the United Kingdom. It’s an exciting time to be with the team.
Sam Randon (23) has committed his future to Team HARD. Racing for the foreseeable future with both parties currently assessing their options with regards to which series the Ashbourne racer will compete in for 2019.
Randon took part in multiple Britcar races in 2018 which saw him race in both a Ginetta GT4 and a 2016 Toyota Avensis touring car.
Randon is excited to work with the Kent based outfit for a complete season in 2019. “It was an easy decision to sign up with Team HARD for 2019 after such a successful few races with them last season. Despite the number of drivers and cars he manages, Tony has a genuine interest in me as a driver and the team has a real family feel to it.
“I worked with a few different crews last year in Team HARD and they all love their racing and are really dedicated to turning out the cars in the best possible way to win. Winning is clearly important to Team HARD and I want to be part of that.”
Tony is delighted that Sam (Randon) has committed to Team HARD despite not finalising which series he will enter in 2019.
“Sam has been on our radar for the last couple of years and I was pleased when we managed to get him in the car last season. Sam has so much raw talent which he demonstrated in 2018 by excelling in both our Ginetta GT4 and Toyota touring car.
Sam’s commitment to the team just shows the respect and reputation we are gaining as a team in the UK. We see all of our team members, both staff and drivers, as part of the HARD family and Sam bought into our values from the off. It’s very satisfying for us.”
Entering it’s 5th year, Team HARD. Racing is due to expand to more than 14 championships in 2019. It’s this scope that allows the team to sign drivers without them committing to a championship at the same time. Sam and the team are currently assessing which one of these championships will help springboard the 23-year olds career in 2019.
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We would just like to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As always at work, play and especially in Motorsport, it has been a year of ups and downs, but all goes together to build what is the story of life. We have had some amazing times and some tough times, but we end the year in a place we could have only dreamed of just a few months ago.
We are honoured to have so many great people involved with us and a family network that knows no boundaries, we are very proud to work with you all.
As we reflect on what has really been an enjoyable, emotional, successful and disappointing year, it all goes together to create what is a very special and unique family team, Team HARD. Racing.
We are very much looking forward to making some more memories with you all in 2019 but until then enjoy some family time and hopefully you all celebrate New Year’s in style. It’s over and out from us.
Tony & Sam Gilham X