Race winner Taylor-Smith secures multi-year deal with Team HARD

Árón Taylor-Smith has signed a multi-year contract to remain at Team HARD Racing for the 2022 BTCC season and beyond into the hybrid era.

The former race winner returned to the BTCC after six consecutive seasons from 2011.

Since his three year-hiatus in the GT racing discipline, the Irishman came back as Team HARD debuted the new Cupra Leon package having scored nine points finishes so far this year.

It is unknown of how far his multi-year deal reaches, but it will delve into the hybrid era commencing next year.

He said: “I always knew that the first year would be about the development of the Cupra and weaning out any potential weaknesses.

“I am positive we will see a significant jump in performance in the remainder of this season and into 2022 – the possibilities in the future are endless.”

“I will have the best chance of succeeding in the BTCC, and I look forward to repaying their efforts with some silverware.”

Commencing from 2022 will be the new hybrid regulations which will see aspects like a push-to-pass system on the cars (15 seconds per lap).

Team HARD Owner, Tony Gilham, added: “His enthusiasm for the Cupra project, the development of the team, and our fans is fantastic and has helped take us to another level.

“The results may not have fallen in Aron’s way so far this season, but he has always shown strong pace and with a little more luck he will be back fighting at the sharp end.”

Out of their four Cupra seats, two of their drivers have continued their partnership: Jack Goff and Taylor-Smith.

The remaining two will be announced soon as the team bring the Cupra into its second year of the British Touring Car Championship.