Team HARD joins the 2019 Renault UK Clio Cup grid

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Team HARD has announced that it will join the Renault UK Clio Cup. Currently competing in a number of race categories including the British Touring Car Championship – 2019 will mark the team’s debut in the Clio Cup.

Driving for the team will be Max Coates and Ethan Hammerton. Coates narrowly missed out on 2018’s Clio Cup title, winning four races and leading the points standings up to the final rounds.

Hammerton took part in several rounds of the BTCC with Team HARD in 2018 having won its scholarship against 100 drivers at the start of last year. The 18-year-old was also runner-up in 2017’s Clio Cup Junior category

Team HARD boss Tony Gilham said, “We’ve wanted to join the Clio Cup for some years and the timing is just right with Max and Ethan – both will also test our BTCC car during the championship’s mid-season official tire test.

“With his results in the Clio Cup, Max is going to be a very strong contender for the title. Ethan was the winner of our young driver scholarship and is a very exciting talent.

“Together they make for a very strong driver line-up and our plan is to take them both back into the BTCC with us.”


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