Aron Taylor-Smith
Árón Taylor-Smith - Credit: Team HARD Racing

Multiple BTCC race winner and returnee Árón Taylor-Smith praises the efforts of his new team at their recently unveiled Cupra Leon.

The 31-year-old Irishman returns to the British Touring Car Championship after reflecting on how he misses the BTCC since 2016.

He spent the next three years in the GT racing discipline which included a class-win in the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup and a debut into British GT.

The multiple BTCC race winner commented on the all-new Cupra Leon:

“I think what impresses me the most about the new CUPRA is the attention to detail that Team HARD have put in.

“Every single component on the car has been designed with performance in mind utilising some of the best engineers in the game. I have no doubt in my mind that this car will be a front-runner after seeing it in person.

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“From the outside you can see how this car is the perfect fit for the BTCC,” building on six years of experience since his BTCC debut in 2011.

This will be his second hatchback after his seat in the Ford Focus ST Mk. 2 in 2012-13.

He continued his compliments for the Cupra: “The wheelbase, the dimensions and even the bodywork are exactly what is needed for a car to be competitive in the series.

“Yes, getting to see the new Cupra was brilliant but arguably even better was having the chance to properly meet my new team.

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“Their passion towards this new car is infectious and it’s the first time in a long time that I have felt ‘at home’ within a team. It’s shaping up to be an incredible year.

“It is, in my opinion, the best looking BTCC car on the grid and I can’t wait to get out on track as early as next week to see what it is capable of.”

The full-time debut of the Cupra will commence on 8-9 May at Thruxton.

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