BTCC: Bushell to return to Team Hard Racing at Croft

Mike Bushell will be returning to Team Hard Racing at Croft following Tom Onslow-Cole’s quarantine clashes with his GT commitments in Belgium.

Bushell raced with Team Hard back in 2018, and was initially set for a full-time return to the team for 2020.

Prior to the original date of the season’s beginning, he suffered Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Along with the delayed season start due to Coronavirus, he was unable to return for a full commitment even though he had recovered from his illness.

Onslow-Cole currently faces quarantine travel restrictions ahead of the International GT Open Championship weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, on October 17-18th.

This makes him unable to take part at the Croft race weekend, thus making the way for Bushell’s return in his seat.

He said: “It’s been a rollercoaster year for me personally, both on and off track, but I’m happy to be back in the seat that I originally had nailed down before my illness and Coronavirus hit.’

He then raced at selected rounds for Power Maxed Car Care Racing in their Vauxhall Astra, but was not able to gain any points finishes.

“I enjoyed my time in the Vauxhall at Oulton Park and Knockhill and, despite coming away from those weekends pointless, I proved to everyone including myself that my speed is still there despite everything which has happened to me recently.

“Having driven the VW CC at the tyre test, the team has improved the car since I last drove it prior to the 2019 season.

“I’m looking forward to teaming up with Jack [Goff] and Nic [Hamilton] to extract the maximum out of the car!”

The team’s Managing Director, Tony Gilham, stated: “Firstly, I’m gutted for Tom who had a strong showing at Silverstone despite the results may be saying otherwise.

“He was on the pace of Jack and the pair worked together to fine tune the car’s setup.

“However, Mike is a great replacement for this weekend at Croft and I’m happy to see him back with the team after such an up and down year.

“It wasn’t nice to see Mike driving for a rival team but his speed out of the box was proven yet again and I’m confident he can have a strong showing in the VW CC this time, out and bring home his first points of the season.”