The final piece of the jigsaw is complete for Team HARD Racing‘s 2020 line-up for the British Touring Car Championship with Nicolas Hamilton set to join the team as he returns to the series.
Hamilton competed in 24 rounds of the championship in 2019 in a Ford Focus but will switch his attention to the newly built Volkswagen CC which will be adorned with his title sponsors ROKiT Phones and ABK Beer.
He now joins Jack Goff, Mike Bushell and Carl Boardley in a strong four car line-up as a single car entry due to his sponsorship and he cannot wait to get started again after by his own admission thinking his career was over.
“I’m super-excited to be with Team HARD. Racing for the 2020 season,” said Hamilton. “Last year was so challenging for me, coming close to facing a reality where my career might be over was really tough. But people stuck by me, kept me focused and upbeat, and I’m now in great place to start a new chapter behind the wheel.
“Team HARD. Racing are the most professional team I’ve worked with. Their tenacity, motivation and belief inspires me. They deserve a great season from me and I’m going to give my all to give them that,” added Hamilton.
“The way these guys go about things in preparing the car and energising the team is inspiring, it cultivates such a great atmosphere from the factory to the pit lane.
“They help give me such enthusiasm for the season ahead and having ROKiT Phones and ABK Beer as partners, once again, is tremendous as they are brands with a passion to be the best in their industry, something that really resonates with me.
“Last year they stuck by me and acted with such integrity. I’m proud to represent them and be a part of their success, and more than anything I’m grateful for their continued support.”
Team HARD. Racing Managing Director Tony Gilham commented on the announcement, “I’m delighted that Nic has chosen to join the team for the 2020 season. His determination and drive to succeed has really lifted the whole team as we prepare three brand new Volkswagen CC’s. Nic showed really encouraging signs in the series last term and his performance in the early laps of the opening round at Brands Hatch really caught my eye.
“This is the first year in the team’s history that we are going to Spain for testing and I couldn’t be more excited. A solid stint in the new Volkswagen CC will really benefit Nic both on and off track as he settles into a new and very different team. I’m expecting Nic to learn a lot from our returning drivers as we look to move further up the grid in 2020.”