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Kent's Clio Cup champ Bushell to make BTCC return with Team HARD

Friday, December 08 2017

Tunbridge Wells racer Mike Bushell will make his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship comeback next season with Strood's Team HARD. He'll make his return at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April next year.

Bushell made his BTCC debut in 2015 with AmDtuning.com after winning the Renault UK Clio Cup championship, However, Mike returned to the BTCC-supporting series the following season, and won his second Clio title this year.

The 28-year-old will race for Tony Gilham's Team HARD operation in 2018, taking the wheel of one of four VW CC cars. 

"I am ecstatic to be returning to the BTCC having notched up a second UK Renault Clio Cup title," said Bushell. "On top of that, I am excited to be making my return with Team HARD and Brisky Racing as they have been going from strength to strength.

"With the new technical input from Geoff Kingston, coupled with an already proven race-winning car in the Volkswagen CC, I firmly believe that a strong challenge can be made for the Independent Drivers' title next year. However, the partnership extends beyond the on-track potential and into the infrastructure the outfit has at hand to help me forge a long career in the BTCC.

"I am itching to get out on track and in the car for our first test and build a strong relationship with everyone. The team has pulled out all stops to help me return to the BTCC grid and I look to reward them with some great results."

Team HARD Team Principal, Tony Gilham said: "We are really looking forward to working with Mike next year. We have a very competitive package for 2018 and have been in discussions to secure talented drivers. 

"We now have the ability to fight with the best on the grid, so we're looking to secure only those that have shown outstanding race craft. Between myself and Richard (Wheeler) we have put a great package in place to bring Mike back to the BTCC at a time when we can mount a strong challenge."

"I've wanted to work with Mike for a while, he's clearly shown his talent, taking two championship wins in the Renault UK Clio Cup," said Brisky Racing chief Wheeler. "I'm really pleased to have put the final pieces into place with Tony that Mike required to make his BTCC return. The team has a very exciting year ahead."

Tickets for MSV rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship are available now, with admission and camping prices frozen at 2017 levels until the end of the year. For more information or to book, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.