The Kent band has been application its ageing Volkswagen CCs back 2017, and has additionally fielded a distinct BMW 125i M Sport this season, and says it acclimated the aperture acquired by the coronavirus crisis to appraise a new apparatus afore chief on the Cupra Leon for 2021.
Team bang-up Tony Gilham said: “We are captivated to be bringing in a new marque to the BTCC.
“The Volkswagen CC has enjoyed a abundant accord of success over its life, but it’s time for change as we attending to the new amalgam era [from 2022] of touring cars.
“We accept done a lot of analysis and we accept that the ambit and all-embracing appearance of the Cupra Leon will assignment altogether with the accepted NGTC regulations that are in the BTCC.
“A lot of adamantine assignment and endless hours lie ahead, but we are assured that we can about-face this new car into a aggressive barbarian that will be bond it at the advanced from the get-go abutting season.”
Team HARD’s leash of VW CCs accept been campaigned this division by Jack Goff, Nicolas Hamilton and Ollie Brown, but five-time BTCC chase champ Goff has been hit by believability problems, while Hamilton and Brown sat out the best contempo annular at Knockhill as a bequest of their abundant blast the antecedent weekend at Oulton Park.
“We had a absolutely acceptable winter programme with the CC and that’s reflected in the chase pace, which has been acceptable all season,” said Goff.
“Unfortunately, we’ve been defective in condoning – we charge article added and the Volkswagen CC’s capabilities accept accomplished their peak. It’s activity to be a active winter, but for now I’m absolutely focused on giving the CC the best adieu I can!”
Cupra is the name beneath which SEAT currently brands its motorsport activities, principally in TCR, area the Leon Competicion is acclimated broadly in bounded and civic alternation as able-bodied as the FIA World Touring Car Cup.
The architect entered the BTCC with an official SEAT Sport UK aggregation in 2004, with Jason Plato and Rob Huff active a brace of Toledo Cupras, again ran Leons in petrol and agent blueprint afore affairs out of the alternation at the end of 2008, although Leons raced on in privateer easily until 2013.
SEATs denticulate 44 BTCC wins, with 32 for Plato, bristles for Darren Turner, three for James Thompson, two for Huff, and one anniversary for Luke Hines and privateer Tom Boardman.
BTCC supremo Alan Gow said: “It’s consistently absurd to see added new cars accompany the BTCC, this time with Aggregation Hard.
“We set out the NGTC regulations to acquiesce for abundant assortment and accepting the Cupra Leon on the filigree is added affidavit of the backbone of those regulations. This new activity should advice this accepted aggregation beforehand up the filigree in 2021.
“It’s no abstruse that the Volkswagen CCs are amid the oldest on the filigree but acclaim to Tony and his aggregation for afraid with them and befitting the cars as aggressive as possible.”