Brands Hatch awaits for BTCC debutant Bobby.

Brands Hatch awaits for BTCC debutant Bobby.

The long winter off-season is finally over for 21 year-old Bobby Thompson, who, on April 7th and 8th, will take his place on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid for the first time at his home circuit of Brands Hatch for rounds one, two and three of Britain’s premier domestic racing series.

Four months after confirming his place on the Team HARD with Trade Price Cars roster for the BTCC’s record-breaking 60th Anniversary season, the reigning VW Cup Series Champion makes his series bow at the same venue that the championship itself sprung into existence six decades previously.

Not only does Hornchurch based Thompson make his debut at the track he calls ‘home’ but Brands Hatch is arguably the venue where the 2018 BRDC Rising Star enjoyed one of the finest weekends of his career to date last year when he dominated the VW Cup Series event at the 1.21-mile Brands Indy circuit.

Pole Position, a series lap record and a brace of race victories such as he achieved on his way to the VW Cup title last year may be a little too much to hope for against 31 of the best Touring Car drivers in the world but Bobby knows he and his #19 GKR Scaffolding VW CC aren’t just here to make up the numbers.

“This weekend is going to be challenging both physically and mentally with three 24 lap races,” says Bobby. “I’m under no illusion that it will be a massive learning curve and nobody is setting any specific goals for the weekend. We just want to get the car home in one piece in each session and continue to learn and improve after our winter testing.

“Brands is going to be fast, frantic and very close all through the grid. I want the other drivers to respect me and I know I have to earn that respect. Racing them hard but fair, staying out of trouble and getting to the chequered flag and repaying my team, sponsors and fans with some points will be a good place to start. I can’t wait.”

Race fans should keep their eyes peeled for copies of ‘The Bobster,’ Bobby’s very own light hearted Newspaper that will be available for free during the weekend. But if you can’t find a copy, there are plenty of ways to watch Bobby’s debut BTCC weekend, which are listed below.
Catch Bobby on Track:

Saturday April 7th:
09:30 – 10:10am – Free Practice 1
12:05 – 12:45pm – Free Practice 2
15:15 – 15:45pm – Qualifying (Live on http://www.itv.com/btcc/qualifying-live)

Sunday April 8th:
09:00 – 09:30am – Pitlane Walkabout/Drivers Autograph Session
11:35am – BTCC Race 1 (Live on ITV4)
13:05pm – Drivers Parade
14:25pm – BTCC Race 2 (Live on ITV4)
17:15pm – BTCC Race 3 (Live on ITV4)

Trade Price Cars join Team HARD. Racing as 2018 BTCC title partners

Trade Price Cars join Team HARD. Racing as 2018 BTCC title partners

Multi Award-winning car dealer Trade Price Cars will join Team HARD Racing as title partners for the 60th Anniversary of the UK’s premier motorsport series, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) as they mount a four-car challenge on the 2018 championship.

Having previously already been associate partners in 2017, Trade Price Cars owner Dan Kirby raced with the team in the Ginetta Supercup alongside the BTCC campaign achieving 6 podiums in the am class. The Essex based businessman was keen to expand his involvement with Team HARD in the BTCC albeit taking time out on driving duties for the forthcoming season due to family commitments.

“2018 is an exciting time to be involved with Team Hard Racing, we have got stronger every year in the BTCC. We have built an amazing technical team and all four drivers are capable of success, both overall and in the Independent’s Championship, so it’s fantastic that Trade Price Cars are our new title partners. It’s great that Dan (Kirby) as a friend of the team has given us a superb platform to work together, I can’t wait to see what we can achieve, both on and off track over the year” said Team Principle Tony Gilham.

 Trade Price Cars will feature on all-four of Team HARD’s 2018 Evolution VW CC’s, with their distinctive logo prominently visible throughout the teams race operation, bringing guests along to enjoy VIP Hospitality, and benefitting from the incredible TV and Media exposure the BTCC offers.

“Being part of the TOCA package last season was a mega experience not only to drive in but to give something back to my sponsors in hospitality benefits and nationwide coverage. It is so important in modern day motorsport that drivers look after their partners and encourage them along to the track where the atmosphere and general race day vibe is electric. Our guests raved about the VIP Hospitality experience with Team HARD and for the forthcoming season we are confident those businesses will continue to support us. I know how hard Tony Gilham has worked to progress the team, so it seemed an ideal time for us to join as title partners.”

“Already recognised as winners in business now is the time to win on the race track with Trade Price Cars Team Hard Racing. The Independents and Jack Sears Trophy are strong possibilities, we will be pushing for both! Who knows, but It’s certainly an exciting time to be involved with the team” said Kirby.

 

The 2018 Trade Price Cars with Team HARD livery will be revealed at the BTCC Media launch on 27th March at Donington Park.

 

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