Nicolas Hamilton – brother of Lewis – will remain in BTCC in 2021 with Team HARD, driving the new Cupra Leon in ROKiT colours.
Having made his BTCC debut in 2015, Hamilton only had his first full-time chance in 2019, when he raced with Motorbase, driving a Ford Focus RS. He switched to Team HARD in 2020, driving a Volkswagen CC, finishing 29th in the standings.
He had a sole points finish and missed five races from 27 run. For 2021, Hamilton is sticking with Team HARD, but will drive the new Cupra Leon in ROKiT branding, with the outfit switching to the Spanish manufacturer’s car from the German.
Hamilton completes the four-car line-up for Team HARD alongside Jack Goff, Glynn Geddie and Aron Taylor-Smith. “I am enormously proud to be back on the BTCC grid this year,” he said. “A lot of hard work and physical conditioning ensures I can participate in the sport and I am grateful to ROKiT Phones, ABK Beer and my other partners for their continued support and belief in me.
“Having accomplished some great personal results last year, in what was a difficult car to drive, I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of our new Cupra Leon and start a new chapter with Team HARD. They have made a huge decision to invest in the new car programme and I’m thankful for their decision to welcome me into their fold again. I really believe we can achieve some great results and memorable moments together this season. There’s a lot to look forward to,” summed up Hamilton.
At the same time, team boss Tony Gilham added: “It’s great that Nic has chosen to remain with the team for the 2021 season. He was a fantastic asset last season and his determination was rewarded with this best qualifying position and first BTCC points finish at Brands Hatch. These results only act as optimism about what we can achieve together this year in our all new Cupra Leon.
“We made the decision to replace our trusted Volkswagen CC midway through the season in 2020 in favour of the then to be released Cupra Leon. The engineers have done a great job to design the car from the ground up and have been working in cohesion with the mechanics who have built the cars. Team morale is high and the signing of Nic has only raised their spirits higher.
“Nic has a wealth of BTCC experience and his specially adapted car is well into the build process. I look forward to seeing Nic and the car’s development as he continues to work alongside Jack, Glynn and Aron. We have a very strong line-up.”
Here’s all details of 2021 line-up: https://www.btcc.net/