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.