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Mike Bushell returns to BTCC in 2018 with Team HARD

Two-time Renault Clio Cup UK champion Mike Bushell will return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2018 when he races a Volkswagen CC for Team HARD.

Bushell made his BTCC début at Knockhill in 2013 before taking on a full season with Shaun Hollamby’s AmD Tuning outfit in 2015.

However, budgetary constraints forced the 28-year-old to return to the Clio Cup in 2016 and 2017, where Bushell claimed a second title to add to his 2014 crown this year.

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“I am ecstatic to be returning to the BTCC having notched 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 is looking forward to adding Bushell to his driving line-up alongside Bobby Thompson next year.

“We are really looking forward to working with Mike next year,” said Gilham. “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, Brisky Racing boss] 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.”

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