Bobby Thompson will make his return to BTCC with Team HARD after taking a year out from the series in 2021.
This will be the fourth campaign in the championship for the 25-year-old, who made his debut with Team HARD in 2018.
After continuing with the team in 2019, Thompson made a move to GKR TradePriceCars.com in 2020. He suffered a heavy crash during the Croft round of that year which led to him taking a sabbatical in 2021.
With some track time already under his belt last month in the Cupra at Brands Hatch, Thompson said he is looking forward to returning to BTCC with the team he began with.
“It’s really good to be back in the BTCC with the team I started my journey with,” he said.
“I’ve come a long way since I was last with Team HARD, and I can already see the team is clearly putting in a massive effort to get these cars ready to be fighting at the front for the upcoming season.
“I have a great history with the team, having won the 2017 VW Cup Championship which got me on the map.
“So it’s great to be back, and hopefully we can continue great success and challenge for the Jack Sears Trophy this year.”
Thompson suffered a dramatic incident at the Croft circuit when he ran on to the grass and was launched into the air, flipping several times.
At the time leading to the crash, he was one of the favourites to win the Jack Sears Trophy that year. However, he subsequently missed out on the honour.
Now, Thompson said he is ready to make his return to the championship and fight at the front of the grid.
“It’s always tough to miss out on a season, as I did after my crash at Croft in 2020 which put me out for the remainder of the campaign,” he said.
“I wanted to get back last year, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.
“I took that time, however, to reflect upon my racing career and it only made me more motivated than ever to get back to the front of the field in the most competitive series in the UK.”