Taylor-Smith to make highly anticipated BTCC return for Team HARD

Aron Taylor-Smith will return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2021 after three years in GT Racing.

Aron Taylor-Smith made his BTCC debut in 2011, completing six consecutive seasons in the series.

In his final year before he transferred to GT racing, he was with the now defunct MG RCiB Insurance Racing team.

Taylor-Smith is feeling “better than ever” when asked about his anticipated return with Team HARD Racing.

“Watching from the sidelines this year made me realise how much I miss the BTCC,” he added.

The Irishman will return to the series after a three-year hiatus in GT racing, claiming a class win in the Blancpain GT Sprint series before making his debut in the British GT championship in 2019.

He will line up alongside last season’s Jack Sears Trophy winner, Jack Goff and recently confirmed member of the team, Glynn Geddie.

Managing Director of Team HARD Racing, Tony Gilham, said:

“He has proven race winning pedigree in the series and has always proved a match for any of his teammates in the past which include multiple champions.

“It was important to acquire a strong driver line up this year to help develop our new car and to have three top line drivers at this stage is a brilliant result for the team.”

He stated his confidence towards Taylor-Smith and his adaptability to a front-wheel drive touring car and one of four new Cupra Leons to replace the discontinued Volkswagen CC.

Taylor-Smith and Goff were also former teammates in 2014, therefore the team is expecting them to lead the charge as all driver will go through a testing programme before the season opener in early April to develop the team’s new Cupras.

A fourth driver is yet to be announced, but they will soon complete their total driver lineup for 2021.