Nic Hamilton joins Team HARD for 2020 BTCC season

Nic Hamilton will race in the British Touring Car Championship for Team HARD in 2020, completing the team’s line-up.

Hamilton competed in 24 rounds of the BTCC last season, racing with Motorbase Performance, but mussed the last few rounds due to budget issues.

But the 27-year-old will return to the championship in 2020, completing Team HARD’s line-up, with the team having previously announced that Jack Goff, Michael Crees, and Car Boardley will race for the Kent-based squad this year.

Hamilton will once again be sponsored by ROKiT Phones, the mobile phone company that supports the Williams Formula 1 team and supported Hamilton last year, and he will also bring sponsorship from ABK Beer.

The deal will see Hamilton race Team HARD’s VW CC with the ROKiT Phone and ABK branding, in what will be a third different livery for the team.

Speaking about the announcement, Hamilton said: “I’m super-excited to be with Team HARD. Racing for the 2020 season.

“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.”

Team HARD. Racing’s Managing Director, Tony Gilham commented: “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.”

Team HARD are aiming to improve upon their strong end to the 2019 season, a year in which the team achieved their first BTCC victory, and the team are heading to Spain for testing, which Gilham believes will help Hamilton get to grips with his new car.

“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.” Gillham added.

“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.”