Multiple award-winning scaffolding and access specialists GKR Scaffolding will once again provide primary support and sponsorship to second-year Kwik Fit MSA British Touring Car Championship star Bobby Thompson in 2019.
London based firm GKR, which won ‘Best Place to Work’ (Contractor) for 2018 in the ‘Construction Investing in Talent Awards, enters its third year as the primary backer of 22-year-old BTCC fan favourite Thompson, continuing its mantra of building a better future for its employees and the athletes it supports.
Hornchurch based Thompson, who will once again pilot his familiar #19 Team HARD VW CC in Britain’s premier domestic race series, says he is both proud and honoured to carry GKR’s colours once more in 2019.
“I’m over the moon to be part of the GKR family for the third straight year,” commented Thompson, who guided his #19 GKR Team HARD machine to the 2017 VW Cup Series Championship title and then a pair of top ten finishes in his debut BTCC season in 2018. “I have been incredibly lucky to have had the support of a number of loyal sponsors during my career but it is fair to say that without GKR’s support and belief in me, I wouldn’t have made it to the BTCC grid.
“Over the past two years I have got to know GKR’s Neil Rowswell not just as a sponsor but as a friend and he has remained loyal to me during the good times and the not so good times that any young driver experiences as they try to build a solid base for their future career,” added current BDRC Rising Star Thompson, who finished fifth in the 2018 BTCC Dunlop Forever Forward standings. “GKR’s philosophy is all about nurturing talent and helping them grow, both in their own industry and through their support for young athletes and we are building towards our goal together one step at a time.”
“I’m really looking forward to this season in the BTCC, and working alongside Bobby and the Team for the third consecutive year,” says Neil Rowswell, Managing Director of GKR Scaffolding. “It will be our biggest year yet, both on and off the track. We believe that in both work and sport you only get out what you put in.
“I know Bob and Team Hard have been working tirelessly over the winter making improvements which is the genuine reason we continue to support him through our BetterFuture initiative. His commitment to continuous improvement reflects what GKR promotes throughout all its disciplines, something we know builds high performance and a better future for everyone.”
The driver known throughout the BTCC paddock as ’Bobster’ has already shown improved pace in the much-developed Team HARD VW CC during winter testing and believes that the tens of thousands of BTCC fans expected to flock to each one of the ten race weekends in 2019 will see the #19 GKR machine playing a prominent role in the UK’s longest running championship, which enters its 61st season of competition on April 7th at Brands Hatch.
“My team have been working nonstop since the 2018 season ended and every time we have been on track over the winter I have felt the difference in the car. Last year I wasn’t always able to capitalise on the pace that I know we have in our package but heading into the new season I am confident that the #19 GKR machine will be a threat for points and top tens in every race.”
About GKR Scaffolding
GKR is an award-winning scaffolding and access specialist, helping clients build a better future. GKR have worked on the most iconic construction projects in London and the South East such as The Shard, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House, Tottenham Hotspurs’ new stadium, Battersea Power Station and The Lawn Tennis Association at Wimbledon. The business was named Access & Scaffolding Specialist 2017 for the second consecutive year and was awarded the Training Excellence Award by Construction News. GKR have also been named ‘Best Place to Work’ (Contractor) 2018 in the Construction Investing in Talent Awards.
About Bobby Thompson
Bobby Thompson is a 22-year-old professional racing driver who is also qualified as a professional driver coach, working with motor manufacturers and established racing teams to help aspiring future racing drivers improve on their driving techniques, data analysis and driving skills. He has been racing since the age of nine and is the 2017 VW Cup Series Champion. Supporters can keep up to date with Bobby’s progress through on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and via his official website www.bobbythompsonracing.co.uk
About Team HARD
Team Hard came into existence in early 2012 due to the high interest and demand in race days and corporate activities being organised and operated by former British Touring Car Championship driver, Tony Gilham. Tony Gilham has been involved in British motorsport every year since 2005.
From small beginnings, Team HARD now manages and oversees the running of multiple cars in the Volkswagen Cup, Ginetta Supercup, Britcar Endurance Championship and the crown-jewel Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
In addition to their expanding race team, Team HARD currently manages and assists with the careers of more than 20 aspiring professional racing drivers and claimed championship honours in the prestigious British GT4 championship in 2016 prior to Thompson’s emphatic title-winning campaign in the VW Cup Championship the following year.
About the Kwik Fit MSA British Touring Car Championship
Established in 1958 the ever popular BTCC is the UK’s longest running motorsport championship and the third longest continual running race series in the world behind the Formula One World Championship and NASCAR Cup Series. Held over ten weekends at Britain’s most popular race circuits, each one of the 30 races that make up the season is screened LIVE on ITV 4 with extensive highlights packages shown in more than 20 different countries including the United States.
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