At just over halfway in our 2021 BTCC Team Previews and our writers suggest what Team HARD Racing can do in this upcoming season.

Team HARD Racing are bringing a line-up of four new Cupra Leons in what will be the third consecutive year for a new hatchback to be introduced into the championship.

A more organised car line-up matches the two new faces in the team, Glynn Geddie and Rick Parfitt Jr. who join team regulars Jack Goff and Nicolas Hamilton.

Adam, Connor and our BTCC editor Mo all highlight their thoughts as the team take on the season with their new machinery.

See our BTCC 2021 Team Previews so far:

Adam Proud

I am really excited to see what Team HARD can do in 2021 with the brand new Cupra Leon, which makes its debut in the BTCC series this year.

If the Cupra runs as good as it looks, then Team HARD will be in for a great year, with a strong four-driver crew to add to that. The trajectory for the Kent-based squad is looking good.

It was certainly a tough 2020 for Tony Gilham’s team, their highest placed driver in the championship being Carl Boardley in 21st.

But as the team comes into this new campaign with a brand-new car, compared to their previously outdated Volkswagen CC and BMW 1 Series cars, I believe we will see the team fighting further towards the front this year.

Cupra
Cupra Leon – Credit: Team HARD Racing

It might take a year or two for the Cupra to fully settle into what is a very competitive series, but Team HARD will certainly have the tools to make their way up the grid in 2021.

But where have we seen a new car in the BTCC that has been very successful? Last year is the answer, with Ash Sutton winning the series in an Infiniti Q50 that was introduced to the BTCC through the 2019 campaign.

It could be a fairytale year for Team HARD if everything goes right, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on.

Connor Minniss

Team HARD Racing are a well drilled and clinical outfit that have had one of the most
exciting and hotly anticipated starts to the 2021 season build up.

Their livery and platform for this year are the exciting new Cupra Leon’s that will be driven by returning race winner Jack Goff and Glynn Geddie for his second year in a row with the team.

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

Aron Taylor Smith will take a third seat in the new Cupra Leon, Taylor-Smith debuted in the
BTCC back in 2011, and last competed in the championship back in 2017.

Team HARD have put their expectations high for the 2021 season after scattered success in the 2020 season. Goff especially will be looking to put this brand new Cupra Leon on the top step of the podium multiple times this year as the team look towards a potential title
challenge.

Mo Rehman

The team could not have chosen a better time to bring the Cupra into the championship.

From what I have seen so far, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what it can do with its four spots on the grid. As for the timing, they have essentially got their gear sorted in advanced of the rapidly-approaching hybrid era.

However, last year saw the introduction of the Hyundai i30N and the Infiniti Q50. To cut to the chase, the rear-wheel drive saloon car found its way into winning a title, helped by the talent who is Ash Sutton.

Bringing a front-wheel drive hatchback into the BTCC will be a challenging prospect for the team as it will take at least one season for the Cupra to find its ground, but represents the primary target for the team in 2021.

Goff
Jack Goff, 2019 – Credit: BTCC

Jack Goff will be an exciting watch having fought at the front and won before, but it has been too long since – and he knows it. Luckily, I reckon that he will be fighting for the top-five spots against rivals like MB Motorsport and EXCELR8.

Bringing Glynn Geddie on a full-time pursuit will give him a real chance to re-adjust to the championship since his return late last season, joining returnee Aron Taylor-Smith to do so in fresh machinery.

Nicolas Hamilton is a well-respected BTCC star in my books, proving that his cerebral palsy is not a barrier as a racing driver. Unfortunately, the VW CC was not the ideal car to judge his most recent abilities in, therefore he must have a points-scoring performance to show his material.

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