Team HARD has announced former WRC driver Robert Barrable and Northern Ireland FF1600 title contender Wilson Thompson will be driving the team’s second Ginetta G55 GT4.
Barrable, who competed with a Ford Fiesta in the WRC2 category securing a number of podium finishes in the way, is very familiar with the team already having raced a VW Golf in the VW Racing Cup and now he has stepped up to the British GT Championship’s GT4 class.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Tony again and taking on British GT. I’m hoping we can get straight into the thick of it and perform consistently. Sharing a car with another driver is a new challenge for me and the length of each race will take some getting used to as well but I can’t wait, it’s going to be a great season.”
17-year-old Thompson may be new to the GT racing scene but his talent has already shone through – as well as being a strong runner in the Formula Ford 1600 Championship, he claimed 11 podiums in 12 races while competing in the Ginetta Junior Ireland Championship in 2014.
“It’s going to be an exciting year for me with a new car, new team, new championship and tracks I have never raced on before,” said Thompson. “I think this year is going to be one of the best ever for British GT with an oversubscribed grid full of both experience and excellent talent.
“I want to continue getting on the podium at each race and I’m eager to learn something every time I get in the car while racing hard but fair. To say I am looking forward to the challenge is an understatement.”
Many may look on Team HARD’s line-up, which includes Jordan Stilp and William Phillips in the other Ginetta G55 GT4, and commenting on their relative lack of GT experience however, team boss Tony Gilham believes his Team HARD squad will make an immediate impression.
“It’s brilliant to have two cars representing the team during our first year in the British GT,” he said. “We’re aiming to be real contenders in our class and we’ve got the drivers that can help us achieve that.
“I’m excited to continue working with Robert after his stand out performances for the team last year in the VW Cup. Robert has exceptional ability and the outright pace is there so will be very interesting to see his progression in to GT racing. Likewise there is a lot of excitement surrounding Wilson and his potential behind the wheel of the Ginetta and how far we can take him in his racing career. A star of the future for sure.”