2020
Category
NGTC
Make / Model
Volkswagen CC
Chassis No
RML 131 003/14
Built By
RML
Date Built
2014
Current Status
Racing
Comments
Built 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.
Alain Menu. BTCC Rockingham 2014 (© PSP Images)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
CHROME Edition Restart Racing
#9 Alain Menu
Rounds 6-10
Jason Plato. Snetterton 2015 (© PSP Images)
2015 British Touring Car Championship
Team BMR RCIB Insurance
#99 Jason Plato
All rounds
6 wins
2016
Team BKR
Spare Car
Will Burns. BTCC 2017 (© PSP Images)
2017 British Touring Car Championship
Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing
#61 Will Burns
Rounds 1-9
Bobby Thompson. TOCA Test 2018 (© PSP Images)
2018 British Touring Car Championship
Team HARD with Trade Price Cars
#19 Bobby Thompson
All rounds
Bobby Thompson. BTCC Media day 2019 (© PSP Images)
2019 British Touring Car Championship
GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct
#19 Bobby Thompson
All rounds
Howard Fuller, Donington Park test 2019 (© Team Hard)
2019 British Touring Car Championship
#65 Howard Fuller
Donington Park test
Ethan Hammerton, Snetterton test 2019 (© Darren Hurrell)
2019 British Touring Car Championship
GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct
#23 Ethan Hammerton
Snetterton mid-season test
Max Coates. Snetterton Mid-season test. 2019 (© Darren Hurrell)
2019 British Touring Car Championship
GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct
#71 Max Coates
Snetterton mid-season test
Darren Lewis. Donington Park. Dunlop Touring Car Trophy. 2019 (© PSP Images)
2019 Touring Car Trophy
Team Hard
#285 Darren Lewis
Round 5
Howard Fuller, pre-season testing, Guadix, 2020 (© Team Hard)
2020 British Touring Car Championship
RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport
#65 Howard Fuller
Media day and Pre-season testing
2020 British Touring Car Championship
RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport
#21 Mike Bushell
Snetterton test
Ollie Brown, Oulton Park, BTCC 2020 (© Team HARD)
2020 British Touring Car Championship
RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport
#34 Ollie Brown
Rounds 1-3
Tom Onslow-Cole. Thruxton BTCC 2020 (© PSP Images)
2020 British Touring Car Championship
RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport
#8 Tom Onslow-Cole
Rounds 5-6
Mike Bushell, Croft BTCC 2020 (© Team HARD)
2020 British Touring Car Championship
RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport
#21 Mike Bushell
Round 7
Glynn Geddie, Snetterton BTCC 2020 (© Jakob Ebrey)
2020 British Touring Car Championship
RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport
#88 Glynn Geddie
Rounds 8-9
Other Pictures
Jason Plato. Brands Hatch 2015  (© PSP Images) Jason Plato. Croft Circuit 2015 (© PSP Images) Chassis Plate (© PSP Images) Bobby Thompson. BTCC Media day 2019 (© PSP Images) Bobby Thompson. Brands Hatch Round 10. BTCC 2019 (© PSP Images) Howard Fuller. Media test day. Silverstone 2020 (© PSP Images) Ollie Brown, Donington 2020