CommentsBuilt during 2014, making it's debut at the Snetterton round. Alain Menu would drive the car for the second half of the season having started in 001/13.
In 2015 the car was driven by Jason Plato, scoring 6 races wins and narrowly missing out on the championship title.
Unused in 2016, the car was eventually acquired by Team HARD along with the three other Volkswagens.
During 2017 the car was driven by Will Burns. During the penultimate round of the year at Silverstone, the car was involved in an accident with Rob Collard's BMW 125 resulting in Burns being airlifted to hospital with with three fractured ribs and a bruised lung. With not enough time to repair the substantial damage to the car and with Burns unable to drive, it was inevitable that both car and driver would miss the final round of the year.
Through 2018/19 the car would be driven by Bobby Thompson, with Howard Fuller, Ethan Hammerton and Max Coates all testing the car during 2019. Following the end of the 2019 BTCC season the car would make an appearance at the final round of the Touring Car Trophy series driven by Darren Lewis.
In late 2019, Mike Bushell was announced of the driver of the Team HARD-prepared car for 2020, however that proved to be short-lived when in Feb 2020 he had to be airlifted to a cardiac intensive care unit whilst on a skiing holiday in France. His place at the team was taken by Howard Fuller who did the pre-season testing and was expected to start the season until Bushell was fit to return, however that too soon changed when the Coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the season.
At the July Snetterton tyre test, normally held mid-season but due COVID-19 delays now being held before the first race, Bushell was able to re-take his seat. However things were to change again when just days prior to the first race, Ollie Brown was called up as a replacement with the economic impact of COVID meaning that Bushell was unable to take up the drive.
At Oulton Park, the car was involved in an accident with the sister car of Nicolas Hamilton and the BMW of Stephen Jelley. Although not badly damaged, the compressed calendar meant that the team was unable to repair the car for the Knockhill round the following week. When the car returns at Thruxton it was with Tom Onslow-Cole behind the wheel; Ollie Brown still feeling the effects of a rib injury sustained at Oulton Park.
Onslow-Cole had been scheduled to race at Thruxton, Silverstone and Croft but had to stand down after 2 of the 3 meetings. He was already committed to do the Spa 24hrs GT race but the need to go testing coupled with COVID travel restrictions meant that he was unable to attend Croft, and his place was taken by Mike Bushell. With Brown unable to return to the team, Glynn Geddie would drive the car at the final 2 meetings of the year.