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By unknown, 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.

Oct 20 2017 02:37PM by Lewis Ryder

Hi there,

I am very interested to take part in the 2018 scholarship competition, and I was wondering how much it is to enter?

Kind regards,

Lewis Ryder

Dec 27 2017 02:22AM by Adam Michael Durant

I'm from the uk and I'm 18 years of age. I have a strong motorsport background with my family dated back 30 years in car performance. I have more than 10 years in kart racing all over the Uk, Scotland and Wales. I learned my skill as a child back in 2004 where I learned the ropes from racing in the virtual world of Granturismo racing in all kinds of motorsport. In 2007 I started racing karts in Honda Cadet racing and from then on moved through the ranks of karting such as 2014 SuperOne Junior rotax karting championship with lap records and races held in England, Scotland and Wales. In 2015 I left school and went to college studying car mechanics, bodywork and aerodynamics. In 2016 I got my full Uk driving license and have have a full clean year of driving on road. I am looking to start a pro career with a race team pushing the team above and beyond its limits. All my life I have been perfecting my driving attitude and performance. Together we move forward and look back with pride in many years to come! what separates a driver from a racer is his/her love for the sport. Thank you and I hope to work with you soon.

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