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By VW Cup, Oct 18 2017 02:56PM

Kent based outfit Team Hard Racing have recently announced a return of their renowned Volkswagen Racing Cup Scholarship for 2018. Following a largely successful season within the series seeing the team clinch the 2017 title with Bobby Thompson at the helm, Tony Gilham is once again opening his doors to young aspiring talent looking to kick start their racing careers.


Budding competitors have the chance of winning a fully funded drive for the 2018 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, full tyre allocation and VIP race weekend hospitality for you and up to 3 guests.


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.


Tony Gilham of Team HARD, said: “I’m very proud to launch our 2018 competition. The previous Scholarship went very well and we found some amazing talent and so 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.”


Series director Stewart Lines commented: "The Team Hard scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for young talent to showcase their skills and get out on the track with the potential of following their dreams of being a racing driver. I look forward to seeing the fortune individual who will be joining us on the grid next year"


The top 3 drivers will all win a prize:


1st place will receive a fully funded season in the 2018 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 the Croft race circuit between February 19th and February 23rd. 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.


If you’re interested in getting involved with the scholarship make sure to get in contact with Team Hard by calling; 01634 712221.


Please note there are limited spaces available (on a first come first served basis) and the days will be scheduled to suit each individual from the available dates mentioned above.


By VW Cup, Oct 4 2017 03:15PM

With the 2017 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup Championship having concluded at Donington Park last month, as we now look onwards to the all important prize for the top three competitors from the series. Bobby Thompson, Tom Witts and Jamie Bond will all get the opportunity to pilot the Maximum Motorsport NGTC Focus next week (12/10/17) around the fast Leicestershire based circuit.


Champion Bobby Thompson clinched the 2017 title in the last race of the season in dramatic fashion by climbing up the order from ninth to finish second. "After winning the 2017 Miltek VW Racing Cup championship I really can't wait to get out behind the wheel of the Maximum Motorsport NGTC, it'll give me a chance to get my BTCC mileage up and give me a chance to see how things possibly may feel for the future!" Commented Bobby ahead of the test.


Tom Witts claimed vice championship honours for the second season running in 2017, after not finishing out of the top five all season long. “I've watched the BTCC ever since I can remember so to now have to chance to get behind the wheel and experience driving one will be amazing I'm sure! Next season we are looking at progressing into some form of touring car racing, so this test will be a good indication of my ability in these types of cars” said Tom Witts.


Jamie Bond finished third in the series in his first full campaign in the championship, with multiple podium positions and an appearance on the top step of the rostrum. “I'm really looking forward to testing a current NGTC spec BTCC car, my aim ever since I was a kid was to be a BTCC driver and to actually get the chance to test one is amazing and I truly cannot wait, hopefully it can open up some doors for me to move up in my Motorsport career.“ Commented Jamie Bond.


“I’m pleased to be able to offer the latest crop of young talent the opportunity to drive our British Touring Car, it’s going to be an interesting day to see how they deal with the different machinery” Said series director Stewart Lines


Multiple successful drivers have made the leap into the British Touring car championship from the Volkswagen Racing Cup, and this test will give the lucky three the chance to get to grips with the NGTC machinery as they look at progressing in their racing careers.

By VW Cup, Sep 25 2017 03:58PM

QUALIFYING


Cold and cloudy weather greeted the 22 Volkswagen Cup cars as they headed onto the undulating curves of the Derby based circuit. The session was quickly brought to a brief pause with the Scirocco of Mark Smith beached in the gravel on at the exit of McLeans, with the field taking to the pits as Smith received some manual assistance from the marshals to get him back to the pits.


Green flags flew with 15 minutes remaining on the clock, but it wasn’t to stay green for long as the Golf of Callum Jenkins spiked into the gravel going down the infamous Craner Curves, seeing him beached and out of the session.


Qualifying continued with Team Hard pilot Jamie Bond posting the first representative time of the session, throwing down the gauntlet, closely followed by teammate Bobby Thompson setting the second quickest time.


A lap later Thompson improved to break into the 1.43’s going quickest by quite a margin, but quickly displaced by Speedworks' Stephen Johansen, who went quickest by half a second, even after Thompson sent a new personal best the next lap.


Next to set representative times were the TT’s of Owen and Simon Walton who went P3 and P4 respectively. Championship protagonist Witts quickly leaped up the times to go third quickest as Allumy Motorsport’s Tom Walker set a personal best going P5.


Flashing past the timing beam, Thompson improved to half a tenth off the polo of Johansen with the white Scirocco of Tim Docker also improving to go an impressive third fastest. With little time left on the clock, Tom Walker went quicker, going P4 to only be displaced on the final lap by Slidesport’s Owen Walton.


The chequered flag dropped on the session seeing Stephen Johansen take his maiden pole in the Volkswagen Racing Cup from series points leader Bobby Thompson, who set the second quickest time. Third fastest was set by Owen Walton who was closely followed by Maximum Motorsport’s Tim Docker with an impressive performance claiming fourth on the starting grid.




RACE ONE


The sun shone down on the Derby based circuit as Stephen Johansen led the field to the grid for the penultimate race of the season. After a brief warm up lap, the field was set with the sound of revving engines echoing off the grandstands. The red lights on the gantry lit up before flashing off to commence the first race of the day with the field rushing towards Redgate.


A good start from Tom Witts saw the number 2 Scirocco take to the inside going into the first bend, displacing series rival Jamie Bond whilst lining up an overtake on Slidesport’s Owen Walton exiting Hollywood. Tom Walker performed one of his signature starts pulling into second place by the exit of the first corner.


The field sorted themselves out into a single file procession with Tom Witts now glued to the back of series points leader Bobby Thompson heading down the Dunlop straight. Slight contact into the braking zone for the Esses saw the pair jut across the gravel with Witts losing a few places in result of the contact.


Thompson maintaining pace recovering from the excursion across the gravel lined up a move on Allumy Motorsport’s Tom Walker ahead, making the move stick exiting the Melbourne loop. Further back in the field yellow flags flew with the JWB Scirocco of Matthew Evans beached in the gravel on the outside of Coppice.


The safety car took to the circuit bring a slow pace to the proceedings as Evans received assistance from marshals. A lap later Johansen led the field back to race pace, as Rob Allum headed to the pits with mechanical problems.


The cars took to the Melborne loop seeing Gordon jump to the inside of Witts to displace the championship protagonist to sixth. The field raced on with Thompson applying pressure on the race leader Johansen who was defending hard.


Exiting Coppice Darelle Wilson and Tom Walker ran wide, with the diesel Scirocco spiking back onto the circuit forcing the oncoming traffic to jump onto the breaks in avoidance. Back at the front, Thompson persisted in his attack on the Polo ahead as he closed in through the Esses.


Johansen took to the inside on the breaks and Thompson dove to the outside door handle to door handle. The outside transfered to the inside as Thompson grabbed the position as he led the field onto the next lap.


Further back on the circuit Witts pushed on making his way past Peter Felix, seeing Tom now back into fifth with Gordon far up the road ahead in fourth. The clocked ticked down with the field entering the last lap lead by Thompson with a small margin back to Johansen.


The positions weren’t to change as Thompson took the chequered flag and fastest lap on his final rotation, followed across the line by a valiant drive from Stephen Johansen. Third place was claimed by Team Hard’s Jamie Bond with Kerian Gordon in close pursuit settling for fourth. Tom Witts was next to cross the line a frustrating fifth position after suffering with persistent break problems.



RACE TWO



The bight conditions were not to stay for the second race later that day with the sun disappearing behind the clouds, making the finale conclude in a gloomy setting. Paul Dehadray benefited from the reverse grid as he led the field into their grid positions post warm up lap, lining up along side Darelle Wilson on the front row.


Moments later the field jumped into life as the red lights released the field for the final time this season. Smoke churned out the back of the Scirocco of Darelle Wilson as launched from the line with the Golf of Tom Walker in close pursuit. Dehadray fell down the order off the start as Witts slotted into to third place as the field flew into Redgate for the first time.


The cars shot through the Craner Curves tentatively with cold tyres, before arriving at the Old Hairpin seeing Matthew Wilson being closely followed by Stephen Johansen with them both losing the rear end resulting in them taking to the grass on the inside of the circuit before rejoining.


Darelle led the field across the line having not shaken the 77 of Walker trailing close behind, a small gap back to third place saw Witts already defending hard from Team Hard’s Jamie Bond, with the West Malling racing desperate to take as many points off Witts as possible in the championship hunt.


Further back, Bobby Thompson had not wasted time on his opening lap, having got up to sixth place chasing JWB’s Kieran Gordon ahead setting the fastest lap on his next rotation. The cars appeared heading down the Dunlop Straight once more with Gordon now ahead of Bond and closing in on Witts rapidly.


Close enough to make a move, Gordon lunged to the inside of the final corner, late of the breaks to displace Witts to fourth, with Thompson now latched to his bumper having got past Bond the corner before. Ahead Walker completed the fastest lap of the race chasing close behind Wilson as they headed for the first corner once again.


Wilson led the procession through the Craners up the hill and back down the back straight with gap back to third closing in lap by lap. Gordon making a mistake through the Esses came out slowly holding Witts up but allowing him to get a run up the inside as they raced towards the Melbourne loop. Thompson making the most of the situation ahead took to the outside as it went three wide into the braking zone.


Witts getting past Gordon then found Thompson on his inside as they turned into the final corner having gained and lost a position within two corners. Compremised from Thompson coming past, Witts found Gordon close behind, locking his brakes into Redgate allowied the number 36 Scirocco past into fourth position.


Tim Docker and Matthew Wilson skipped across the gravel at McLeans beaching themselves prompting the release of the safety car, marshals then reported that one of TT’s had left a large trail of oil on the circuit seeing Russell Joyce doing a complete 360 spin on arrival at the corner.


The clock ticked down as Matthew Wilson’s car was dragged to safety leaving for a one lap dash as the circuit went green once more. The field now bunched up allowed last minute lunges for positions as the field raced down the Dunlop Straight.


Getting a quick exit from the Esses Thompson jutted to the inside of Walker as the pair broke for the Melbourn hairpin for the final time. Exiting the corner Thompson secured the place seeing Walker attempt a move on the last bend around the outside but having enough momentum to pull the move off.


The chequered was ready and dropped on Darelle Wilson who claimed his maiden win in the series followed across the line by an ecstatic Bobby Thompson punching the air in delight as he secured the 2017 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Cup Championship by finishing the race in second place. Third across the line was Allumy Motorsport’s Tom Walker sealing his first podium in his maiden year in the series.








By VW Cup, Sep 18 2017 05:25PM

Peter Felix signs his return to the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup finale at Donington Park, after not competing in the series since 2012.


The 47 year old from Hinckley started his racing career aged 15 karting before making the natural transition to cars, competing in formula ford for the next 7 years.


Peter made the switch to saloon cars in 1995 after getting behind the wheel of multitude of different vehicles before finally finding himself behind the wheel of a Golf in the VW Cup for half a season in 2009.


Felix then returned to the series the following year to claim vice champion honours, snatching 4 wins in his campaign barely being seen out of the top 5.


Peter now returns to the series with 20Ten Racing being supported by Damar International, Driving Gift and Sonic Equipment.


“I’m excited to be returning after following the series in my absence, I have no expectations of this one off meeting as we really see it as setup outing for a full campaign next season, and an opportunity to develop the car further”


As championship heads to Leicester for the season finale on the undulating curves of Donington park, Peter will be one to watch as he brushes off the cobwebs and gets up to speed with the talented field for the final two races of the season.





By VW Cup, Sep 5 2017 02:28PM

QUALIFYING


The rain fell as the cars took to the track for their 20 minutes of qualifying, different tyre choices through-out the grid lent itself to an interesting session. The diesel Scirocco of Darelle Wilson was first to post a representative lap time briefly holding the top spot before Allumy Motorsport’s Tom Walker quickly displaced him.


Maximum Motorsport’s Tom Witts was next to head the timing screens being followed across the line by an improving Wilson, who went second fastest by a mere three tenths. Scotsman Kieran Gordon flashed past the start finish straight to put his mark on the session going third fastest before Team Hard’s Dole posted the second fastest time on his first flying lap.


A lap later Dole improved to go quickest with Gordon breaking the timing beam moments later jumping back to second, just half a tenth off pole. Seconds later Witts improved to go fastest for brief moment before the JWB Scirocco of Gordon improved once more to go provisional pole by a 7 tenths margin, running slicks on the front and wets on the rear of his car.


The positions weren’t to change as the top two both improved seeing Kieran Gordon take pole position, from Tom Witts sealing the second fastest time matching his best qualifying results so far this season. Darelle Wilson claimed the third fastest time closely followed by championship contender Jamie Bond.


Bobby Thompson unfortunately suffered car issues during qualifying meaning he will be starting the first race of the day from the back of the grid.


RACE ONE


More rain fell setting the scene for what was to be an interesting race as the drivers took to the grid. Bobby Thompson rolled into position ahead of the red lights flashing on before quickly going off with the field racing towards turn one. A swift getaway from Wilson saw him up and past Witts into Allad with Bond charging close behind.


To the inside and past went the 56 of Bond into Campbell as the Team Hard pilot snatched third place from Witts. Further back saw Thompson beginning to pick off cars from the rear of the field as he charged through the field.


The cars streamed past the start finish straight with Thompson up to sixth as they darted through turn one once more. Dole lining up a move on teammate Bond completed the pass as the cars reappeared heading into Club at the end of lap two.


Darelle Wilson pulled the gap in on leader Gordon making a move for the lead around the fast back section of the track appearing with a decent margin to the now second place Kieran Gordon as they reappeared at Club. A few corners later, heading into the complex Witts began eyeing up a move on Gordon ahead diving to the outside as Gordon defended.


The two collided exiting Cobb resulting in the Team Hard duo of Dole and Bond passing them both, demoting the pair down two places each. A lap later third place sitter Jamie Bond slowed with mechanical issues demoting him dramatically down the order.


The field raced on with Witts managing a move on Gordon up the inside into Campbell leaving Gordon slow exiting the complex, to be easy pray for the fast charging Thompson who demoted him a place further.


Up front Dole put his head down as he closed in on Wilson for the lead setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, but all eyes were on Thompson as a move for third became imminent. Witts lead Thompson towards the complex as Thompson took a late lunge up the inside. The cars ran side by side exiting Cobb seeing Witts have a moment, dropping a wheel onto the grass and taking to the infield, allowing Thompson and Gordon past.


Up front Dole was finally close enough to make a move on Wilson. Getting a good exit from Church, Dole took to the outside under braking, getting ahead before pulling across the nose of Wilson to take the lead. Thompson, 4 seconds back began picking up the pace as he closed in Wilson for second, posting the fastest lap of the race on his way.


With little time left on the clock, Dole led the field onto the last lap with Wilson and Thompson in close pursuit behind. Defending hard Wilson went side by side with Thompson exiting the Complex and through noble seeing Thompson edge past as they entered Church.


The chequered was ready and dropped on Kenan Dole, securing his maiden win in the championship, closely followed across the line by an impressive drive from Bobby Thompson after starting from the back of the grid. Third place was claimed by Darelle Wilson after being displaced on the final rotation of the circuit.


RACE TWO


The rain continued to fall as the field took to the circuit once more for the second reverse grid race of the day. Series points leader Tom Witts lined up on pole along alongside the grey Scirocco Kieran Gordon after completing the quick green flag lap. The gantry lit up before flashing off commencing the 20 minutes of action.


Gordon’s Scirocco juddered to a halt as he stalled off the line, cars behind scampered left and right in avoidance of the stationary vehicle. Further back in the field the Golf of Tom Walker stood motionless also having stalled off the line before they both shot off in chase of the field.


The cars raced into the complex for the first time in a blur of spray disappearing exiting Cobb. Championship protagonist Jamie Bond making the most of the dramatic start found himself in fourth position after starting on the fifth row of the grid.


The field raced on with Witts pulling a small gap back to Team Hard’s Dole, Gordon recovering from the poor start began reeling in the field setting the fastest lap of the race on his charge. A lap later Bond snatched the fastest lap from Gordon quickly pulling in the gap to the three up front.


Up front Witts began defending as the trio of Team Heard machinery closed in behind, heading towards Campbell Witts locked his brakes and ran wide into the corner demoting him down to fourth as the race continued.


The clock ticked down as Thompson began contemplating a move on teammate Dole for the lead. Heading through Church Thompson got the overlap undercutting on the inside and found himself past Dole into the braking zone of Club to take the lead.


Up in front and determined to stay there Thompson posted a new fastest lap as he began to pull a margin back to Dole. Before Dole could respond the chequered dropped seeing Thompson take the win, heading a Team Hard Racing podium lockout with Dole securing second and Bond completing the top three.


Leaving Thruxton Bobby Thompson now leads the way on the points after drop scores by a mere 5 point margin to Maximum Motorsport’s Tom Witts. With such a small points difference the championship fight will come to a conclusion in just three weeks time when the championship heads to Donington for the final round, make sure not to miss it!