Team Hard signs BTCC man and ris­ing star

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De­fend­ing Bri­tish GT4 cham­pion team RCIB In­sur­ance Rac­ing has signed former Bri­tish Tour­ing Car driver Howard Fuller and GT Cup grad­u­ate Sam Web­ster for this year.

Fuller and Web­ster will share the same Ginetta G55 GT4 that helped the Team Hard-op­er­ated squad win the Bri­tish GT4 Teams’ ti­tle in 2016 in the hands of Wil­liam Phillips and Jor­dan Stilp.

Fuller con­tested part­sea­sons in the BTCC with Team Hard in both 2012 and 2013, han­dling a Honda Civic and a Vaux­hall In­signia for the team.

Web­ster com­peted in both the World and Euro­pean KZ kart­ing cham­pi­onships be­fore his move into GT rac­ing this year. He ran in the GT Cup with a Fox Motorsport Ginetta be­fore do­ing the Bri­tish GT fi­nale at Don­ing­ton Park along­side Jamie Stan­ley.

The team will also have former Bri­tish GT cham­pion Adam Wil­cox as driver coach.

Team boss Tony Gil­ham said: “After win­ning the Teams’ ti­tle last year we’re go­ing all-out for the Driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship this year in GT4, and we feel we’ve got a very solid driver pair­ing to get it.

“Sam has tested with us and was rapid right out of the box and showed how much he’s learnt with his run­ning last year. He’s also got great kart­ing pedi­gree.

“Howard will be go­ing into his sixth year with this team and has so far not had the chance his tal­ent and pro­fes­sion­al­ism de­serves and has only done bits and pieces, so he’ll ben­e­fit from a full season.

“The two have his­tory and work very well to­gether. Sam was a fi­nal­ist in our VW Schol­ar­ship last year and Howard was his coach for that com­pe­ti­tion. They’ll be a great team.”

Web­ster added: “Hav­ing had a taste of Bri­tish GT last year, I can’t wait to get started in my first full season of car rac­ing.

“I know just how tough the task ahead will be. Howard has great ex­pe­ri­ence as has the team.”

Fuller was BTCC man

Fuller and Web­ster have tested ti­tle-win­ning G55

Web­ster was kart ace

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