SEAT BTCC driver Warren Scott will race Team HARD‘s second NGTC Volkswagen Passat in the second half of the 2013 season, after his BMR Restart squad announced a partnership with Tony Gilham‘s outfit.
Motorcycle racing convert Scott has contested the first half of his maiden touring car season driving an S2000 SEAT Leon under the Team BMR Restart banner in the new-for-2013 Jack Sears Trophy, a 15th place finish at Brands Hatch being his best overall result of the year so far.
Scott had planned to move up to NGTC machinery during the latter stages of the season but the deal has come sooner than expected now that his squad have partnered with Team HARD, the 41-year-old taking the wheel of the team’s second self-prepared NGTC Volkswagen Passat which is yet to race as of now in 2013.
On the new challenge ahead, Scott commented: “We are really keen to work with Team HARD. Tony and his team are a great bunch of guys, we love their philosophy of enjoying the racing alongside being a highly professional, motivated team. In the first half of the season running a newly built and undeveloped NGTC car they have achieved some amazing results.
“I realise that we still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I am positive that in working alongside Team HARD and driving the VW Passat CC NGTC, not only will we become competitive in the championship, but we will also have great fun achieving it.”
His original squad say they will benefit from the deal, which sees BMR Restart team up with the HARD squad that has claimed two podiums already in 2013 with Tom Onslow-Cole in the the new Passat, a deal that the team believe will be positive towards continuing to improve their own identity.
Team BMR Restart manager Mark Turner said: “This is a very exciting time for our team and a huge step forwards within the BTCC. We are thoroughly enjoying our racing in this series and we feel moving now to the NGTC shows our commitment to the BTCC long term. We have chosen the VW Passat CC NGTC and Team HARD because they fitted in with our future plans and we believe the support will be valuable to our team’s development. Team BMR will continue to keep its own identity, but will be in association with Team HARD.”
Team HARD boss Gilham added that Scott will get his first taste of HARD BTCC machinery in a Vauxhall Insignia during next week’s official TOCA test at Snetterton, saying: “Warren has shown some real potential in the SEAT Leon this year so it will be very interesting to see how the transition to a full NGTC car pans out. Warren will get his first outing in NGTC machinery when he gets behind the wheel of one of our Vauxhall Insignia’s at the Dunlop test at Snetterton next week.”