Mini ace Bran­don moves into the VW Cup

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Mini Chal­lenge race win­ner Hamish Bran­don will grad­u­ate into the Volk­swa­gen Rac­ing Cup this year with Team Hard.

The Haw­ick-based Scots­man will han­dle a newly built Mk6 Golf GTI, hav­ing sold his R56 JCW Mini af­ter three years in the Chal­lenge. Bran­don has pre­vi­ously been run­ner-up in the Mini Chal­lenge’s Cooper and R56 JCW Class points.

“I hon­estly didn’t think I’d be rac­ing this year af­ter sell­ing the Mini, so this deal has come about very late but it’s very ex­cit­ing,” said Bran­don. “[BTCC racer] Chris Smi­ley is a good friend and he raced with [Team Hard boss] Tony Gil­ham last sea­son, so the in­tro­duc­tion came from there.

“The Golf is larger than the Mini, and is heav­ier, but it has more power. It’s a lovely car to drive. I’ve tested once and it took a lit­tle while to ad­just to run­ning no ABS, but we have a full race-spec pedal box in the Golf so you get a great feel through the pedal and from the chas­sis.”

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