Tony Gilham

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Tony Gilham Gilham at the Knockhill round of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship
Nationality British
Born (1979-05-19) 19 May 1979 (age 39)
Bromley, (England)
British Touring Car Championship career
Debut season2011
Current teamTeam HARD. Racing
Car no.34
Former teamsJohn Thorne (Thorney Motoraport) Motorsport
Geoff Steel Racing
Triple 8 Race Engineering
Starts66
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish3rd in 2012
Previous series
2008–10
2006–07
2005
1999
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
VW Cup
Toyota MR2 Championship
F600 Championship
Championship titles
2007
2005
VW Cup
Toyota MR2 Championship

Anthony "Tony" Allen Gilham (born 19 May 1979) is a British auto racing driver and former cage fighter. He is known for his distinctive pink and green racing liveries. He runs his own Team HARD. Racing team which runs cars in both the British Touring Car Championship and the VW Racing Cup as well as now expanding over the years in to no less than 14 other Championships. The pool of drivers is now in excess of 50 and they are the fastest growing team in British Motorport.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Bromley, Kent, Gilham's first full season of racing – after previously competing as a cage fighter[1] – came in 2005, competing in the MR2 Championship. He won the drivers title, including four race wins. The following year he switched to the VW Cup. With four race wins, he finished the year fourth on points despite reliability issues with the car. In 2007 he won the championship. In 2008 he competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, finishing as runner-up in the pro-am 1 class. Gilham spent two more years in the championship, finishing fourth in class during 2009 with Redline Racing, and third in class in 2010.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

For 2011 he stepped up to the British Touring Car Championship. He competed in a Vauxhall Vectra for Triple 8 Race Engineering under the 888 Racing with Collins Contractors banner.[2] Gilham started the season well at Brands Hatch. He scored points in each of the first three meetings, before his form dropped off in the three after in which he scored no points.

Gilham driving for RCIB Insurance & HARD at the Thruxton round of the 2012 BTCC season.

It was announced in mid-August that due to funding issues he had lost his seat at Triple Eight.[3] He missed the Knockhill round before returning at Rockingham for Geoff Steel Racing[4] in a BMW 320si which ran a normally aspirated engine until the Silverstone round when a Next Generation Touring Car turbo engine was fitted.

For 2012 he driving for his own team, Tony Gilham Racing, which races under the RCIB Insurance & HARD banner. Gilham announced he would race the Super 2000-NGTC Honda Civic which Gordon Shedden had driven to second in the championship the previous season.[5][6] He took pole position for the reversed grid race at Thruxton but having slipped down to third, damaged his car and retired from the race.[7] Gilham drove a Vauxhall Insignia for Thorney Motorsport at the Snetterton meeting to allow Robb Holland to drive the Team HARD Honda Civic and to allow his team to familiarise itself with NGTC machinery.[8] Gilham sat out the next two meetings as Holland and series newcomer Howard Fuller raced the Civic, but he made an unexpected return with Thorney Motorsport at Silverstone when Chris Stockton fell ill after qualifying.[9] Gilham purchased Thorney Motorsport's Vauxhall Insignia prior to the final round of the season at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, along with a spare shell.[10] Renault Clio Cup UK driver Aaron Williamson would race the S2000 Honda Civic at Brands Hatch alongside Gilham.[11]

Racing Record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded just in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2011 888 Racing with Collins Contractors Vauxhall Vectra BRH
1

8
BRH
2

10
BRH
3

9
DON
1

15
DON
2

8
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

11
THR
2

10
THR
3

9
OUL
1

14
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

12
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

12
CRO
3

12
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

13
SNE
3

15
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
19th 12
Geoff Steel Racing BMW 320si ROC
1

15
ROC
2

14
ROC
3

17
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

23
BRH
3

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

19
SIL
3

19
2012 RCIB Insurance & HARD. Honda Civic BRH
1

18
BRH
2

13
BRH
3

10
DON
1

14
DON
2

7
DON
3

3
THR
1

11
THR
2

9
THR
3

Ret*
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

11
OUL
3

10
CRO
1

12
CRO
2

11
CRO
3

Ret
17th 71
Thorney Motorsport Vauxhall Insignia SNE
1

13
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

Ret
RCIB Insurance & HARD. BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

NC
BRH
3

16
2015 RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

DON
1

DON
2

DON
3

THR
1

THR
2

THR
3

OUL
1

OUL
2

OUL
3

CRO
1

CRO
2

CRO
3

SNE
1

SNE
2

SNE
3

KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

ROC
3

SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

20
SIL
3

15
BRH
1

22
BRH
2

20
BRH
3

20
31st 1
2016 TLC/RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1

24
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

NC
SIL
2

21
SIL
3

20
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

28
BRH
3

Ret
35th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockley, Chris (24 February 2011). "Cagefighter's bid to thump the stars". The Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  2. ^ "BTCC official 2011 entry list". btcc.net. British Touring Car Championship. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Gilham and Triple Eight part ways". Touring-Cars.Net. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  4. ^ http://www.touringcartimes.com/article.php?id=6677
  5. ^ BTCC Media Day car livery picture special Archived 2 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine, TouringCarTimes.
  6. ^ Tony Gilham to race Honda Civic turbo Archived 4 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine, TouringCarTimes.
  7. ^ Gordon Shedden leads Honda 1–2 in race three at Thruxton Archived 17 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine, TouringCarTimes.
  8. ^ "Gilham to drive Thorney Motorsport NGTC Vauxhall Insignia in BTCC round at Snetterton". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Gilham to replace Stockton". BTCC.net. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Two Insignias for HARD". BTCC.net. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  11. ^ O'Leary, Jamie. "Aaron Williamson to make BTCC debut in Brands Hatch finale". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 16 October 2012.

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