2016 GT4 Teams’ champions today announce their drivers for the season ahead.
Anna Walewska (2016 Dubai 24hr winner) is paired with young star Callum Hawkins-Row in one of the team’s Pro/AM Ginetta G55s. Walewska switches from Century Motorsport where she has spent the last three seasons racing a G55. Hawkins-Row makes his British GT debut but has been part of the Team HARD driver development since 2015 and comes off a great 2017 season which ended with third in Britcar GT4 Endurance Championship standings with the team.
“I’ve raced against Team HARD in the British GT Championship so I know what they can do and I know that they can put a competitive car on the grid,” Walewska said. “A bonus for me is my partner Callum Hawkins-Row, a driver who is pretty rapid. Coupled with my experience of racing Ginettas in the British GT Championship, we’ve covered everything that we need to get a good result.
“I want to be challenging for the front – that’s where the goal is set – and I don’t think that is unreasonable with the paring and the car we’re in this year. I will be carrying University of Bolton branding on the car but it will be re-branded as the National Centre of Motorsport Engineering so it’ll be quite exciting to launch NCME for the year.”
Hawkins-Row is keen to continue his form from 2017.
“I’m over the moon finalising my 2018 season and I’m grateful for the faith that Tony Gilham put in me from BRSCC Fiesta Juniors, into Britcar and now into the British GT Championship,” he said. “I think I’ve gone some way to justify Tony’s faith in me. British GT is a critical step for me to make if I want to pursue my career as a professional driver.
“With Anna, it’s going to be a really solid partnership. I feel that I’m going to learn a lot from her and I feel that I have things that she can learn from me. As a pairing we are going to grow and are going to be very strong. Obviously we want our overall podiums along the way and we want to do the best we can in the overall Championship but that Pro/Am title is calling us!”
The second Team HARD Ginetta G55 has Silver Cup pairing of German Nick Worm and Ben Wallace. Worm previously was in the British F3 championship (that partners the British GT) and Wallace competed in three of the British GT rounds last year alongside the VAG Trophy in which he finished third.
“The British GT Championship is a very prominent series with a lot of strong competitors and enthusiastic fans so it made my decision to join Team HARD, in the end, quite easy,” said Worm.
“Ben has a lot of experience in GT cars so I guess I have a lot to learn from him. Maybe he can learn something from me from Formula cars which is what this is about – driving and sharing the car – so I hope we’re going to have a successful season together. My objectives for the season are getting to know GT cars in general, to maximise points and get a high position in the championship”
“I’m really excited and looking forward to the new season,” added Wallace. “I’m going to learn as much as possible, keep my nose clean and hopefully get some good results out of it. I haven’t had too much experience working with Nick but I have high hopes that we’ll have some good races together and get some good results. I’m also looking forward to working with Anna and Callum as they have some good experience in the Ginetta and we can help each other out.”
The season starts at Oulton Park 31st March – 2nd April.