Team HARD Racing has launched their new Cupra Leon that will replace the now-retired VW CC for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship.
The team has already confirmed three drivers, former British GT champion Glynn Geddie, BTCC returnee Árón Taylor-Smith, and Jack Goff who drove for the team last year. One seat is yet to be confirmed.
The VW CC last won a race in the hands of Goff in 2018 but has since shown its age, thus the Leon front-wheel drive hatchback returns under Seat’s performance sub-brand, Cupra.
Tony Gilham, Managing Director said: “What a special day for the team, it’s probably the biggest in our history.
“Pre-season is always an exhausting but equally exciting time and this year we’ve reached new heights in both. A huge credit to the team for all of their hard work so far.
“It’s been an incredibly tough few months with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic trying it’s best to slow down our build program, but we are now ready to hit the track and put the new CUPRA Leon through its paces.”
The Cupra will join the existing line-up of modern hatchbacks already in the BTCC such as the Ford Focus ST, Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai i30 N Performance Fastback.
Alike their rivals, Team HARD now have a contemporary platform which they can enter the hybrid era of the BTCC from 2022.
Goff, who only scored 11 points during the last season, added:
“The results over the last two seasons haven’t reflected the hard work that Tony and the team have put in.
“This new project with the CUPRA Leon will provide us the platform to really stamp our authority on the BTCC as we move our way up the field.
“We are under no illusions it will be tough, but we are ready and more determined than ever to get the results we deserve out on track.”