Jack Goff will make an unexpected return to the British Touring Car Championship after securing a late deal with Team HARD in which he will replace Mike Bushell.
Goff, who scored eighth in the championship in a Eurotech Honda last year, had previously announced he had given up his planned return after being unable to secure sufficient backing.
But with the upcoming series launch and test day at Brands Hatch this week, Goff has secured a deal in which he replaces Mike Bushell, who will remain with Team HARD but compete in the Renault UK Clio Cup.
The four-time BTCC race winner completed two successive seasons with Eurotech Racing, but was forced to find a different drive during the off-season when the squad discontinued its efforts following the end of the 2018 season.
Not only does the shock announcement mark a welcome BTCC return for Goff, but also a return to Kent-based outfit Team HARD.
Goff last raced for the squad in 2013 when he made his series début behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Insignia, scoring a best result of second that year after challenging Gordon Shedden for the win in the final round.
Although Goff last drove a VW Passat CC in 2014, the car he will field in 2019 has been updated significantly, so his first representative laps in the car will take place at the championship’s official test day at Brands Hatch on Wednesday.