Team HARD aiming for step forward in 2020 – Gilham

Team HARD owner, Tony Gilham has said that his team’s target will to be to race more regularly towards the front of the British Touring Car Championship in 2020.

The team made their debut in the series in 2012 and Gilham gave his team their maiden podium in their sixth race, with a third place in the final race at Donington that year, before Jack Goff scored the team’s second podium a year later.

After a few years without any podium success, Jake Hill took second place at Brands Hatch, before Goff returned to the team in 2019 and took their first ever BTCC win at the final round of Silverstone.

And after having his first taste of victory in 2019, Gilham wants his Maidstone-based team to push on and become regular front-runners in 2020.

“Getting the first win was great, it was a mega achievement,” Gilham said to Last Lap.

“Obviously there was the story that Jack got us our first podium back in the Insignia, he got his first podium with us and then of course we had the win at Silverstone this year.

“It was a very good season but we aspire for so much more, so we are hoping that this year we can take it another step forward and do that on a more regular basis.”

Team HARD has already confirmed three of its four drivers for the season with Carl Boardley returning to the team to drive a BMW 1 Series, while Jack Goff and Mike Bushell will contest with the VW CC’s.

The team have also completely overhauled their three VW CC’s, and Gilham hopes that with driver continuity and familiarity, in addition to the newly developed cars, his team will be able to take a step forward.

“We’ve built essentially what is three new CC’s for this year.” added Gilham.

“We’ve done major developments with the car, chassis, parts.

“We’ve done a lot of work to our cars, so we’re hoping we have taken a step forward and obviously we are hoping that our step forward is more than other people have taken because we were a little bit behind last year.

“So we’ve got to make up the ground, but hopefully we can be pushing more towards the front regularly.”