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Biography

2016 saw Team HARD run by Tony Gilham’s operation, with three Toyota Avensis’ for Jake Hill, Michael Epps and Chris Smiley – subsequently replaced by Michael Caine – running under the RCIB Insurance Racing and TLC Racing banners respectively.

Gilham himself stepped into the breach from Rockingham, after Caine suffered a back injury at Knockhill.

Multiple points finishes were cause for optimism last season, and Gilham’s outfit will be looking for more this year with a trio of Volkswagen CCs back in the fold – cars the squad previously built in 2013.

Hill returns with TAG Racing and Epps is joined by Will Burns at Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing for 2017.

In 2018, the team will ran as two teams of two facelifted Volkswagen CCs. Bobby Thompson and Michael Caine formed the Team HARD with Trade Price Cars half of the garage over two thirds of the campaign while Carl Boardley stepped into the fold in place of Caine at Knockhill. From Silverstone, Ethan Hammerton took Caine’s seat until the end of the season.

Thompson showed a good turn of pace over the second half of the 2018 season, with a best result of seventh spot coming at Rockingham. He returned for a second consecutive campaign with the outfit in 2019 and was joined by BTCC debutant Michael Crees.

Season Results

Bobby Thompson

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 19th
Race 1 6th
Race 2 13th
Race 3 15th
Donington Park Qualifying 30th
Race 1 18th
Race 2 DNF
Race 3 DNF
Thruxton Qualifying 25th
Race 1 30th
Race 2 22nd
Race 3 20th
Croft Qualifying 24th
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 23rd
Race 3 14th
Oulton Park Qualifying 21st
Race 1 19th
Race 2 21st
Race 3 DNF
Snetterton Qualifying 16th
Race 1 13th
Race 2 13th
Race 3 DNF
Thruxton 2 Qualifying 15th
Race 1 14th
Race 2 22nd
Race 3 19th
Knockhill Qualifying 23rd
Race 1 18th
Race 2 21st
Race 3 20th
Silverstone Qualifying 20th
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 13th
Race 3 10th
Brands Hatch GP Qualifying 18th
Race 1 21st
Race 2 16th
Race 3 15th

Michael Crees

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 24th
Race 1 12th
Race 2 23rd
Race 3 18th
Donington Park Qualifying 24th
Race 1 21st
Race 2 16th
Race 3 DNF
Thruxton Qualifying 27th
Race 1 26th
Race 2 26th
Race 3 22nd
Croft Qualifying 22nd
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 25th
Race 3 27th
Oulton Park Qualifying 27th
Race 1 27th
Race 2 24th
Race 3 22nd
Snetterton Qualifying 25th
Race 1 27th
Race 2 22nd
Race 3 DNF
Thruxton 2 Qualifying 27th
Race 1 23rd
Race 2 25th
Race 3 25th
Knockhill Qualifying 26th
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 27th
Race 3 24th
Silverstone Qualifying 24th
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 19th
Race 3 9th
Brands Hatch GP Qualifying 28th
Race 1 24th
Race 2 23rd
Race 3 DNF

Team Stats

Races: 218
Wins: 0
Podiums: 4

Team Info

Team Principal: Tony Gilham
Team Address: c/o Team HARD Racing Ltd, Unit 5, Woodstock Farm Business Park, Gabriel Spring Road, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8PJ

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