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NGK-sponsored Nic Hamilton announces 2021 BTCC race plans

NGK-sponsored British racing driver Nic Hamilton is confirmed to drive for Team HARD. Racing’s Cupra Leon line-up for the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

Hamilton remains with the team in which he achieved his best qualifying position and first points finish in the UK’s premier motorsport series after driving one of the teams Volkswagen CC’s in 2020.

Looking ahead to 2021, there is great excitement for what a second year with the team may bring as Hamilton remains at the wheel of a ROKiT Phones and ABK Beer sponsored car this season.

The team has been working hard to build brand new Cupra Leons for the upcoming season, bringing the marque to the championship for the first time. With the newest car on the grid, the team will be aiming to move up the order in 2021. Optimistic about his chances this season, Hamilton said: “I am enormously proud to be back on the BTCC grid this year. A lot of hard work and physical conditioning ensures I can participate in the sport and I am grateful to ROKiT Phones, ABK Beer and my other partners for their continued support and belief in me.

“Having accomplished some great personal results last year, in what was a difficult car to drive, I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of our new Cupra Leon and start a new chapter with Team HARD. Team HARD have made a huge decision to invest in the new car programme and I’m thankful for their decision to welcome me into their fold again. I really believe we can achieve some great results and memorable moments together this season. There’s a lot to look forward to.”

Hamilton, the brother of seven-time World Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, has a long-standing relationship with ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “Nic is an inspirational person who has overcome many obstacles to achieve his ambition to race in the BTCC series. We are delighted to once again be supporting him and, along with our many customers who are BTCC enthusiasts, are looking forward to watching his exploits throughout the 2021 season in the new Cupra Leon.”

Team HARD. Racing’s Managing Director Tony Gilham commented: “It’s great that Nic has chosen to remain with the team for the 2021 season. He was a fantastic asset last season and his determination was rewarded with this best qualifying position and first BTCC points finish at Brands Hatch. These results only act as optimism about what we can achieve together this year in our all new Cupra Leon.

“We made the decision to replace our trusted Volkswagen CC midway through the season in 2020 in favour of the then to be released Cupra Leon. The engineers have done a great job to design the car from the ground up and have been working in cohesion with the mechanics who have built the cars. Team morale is high and the signing of Nic has only raised their spirits higher.

“Nic has a wealth of BTCC experience and his specially adapted car is well into the build process. I look forward to seeing Nic and the car’s development as he continues to work alongside Jack, Glynn and Aron. We have a very strong line-up.”

Jonathan Kendrick, Co-Founder & Chairman of the ROKiT Group of Companies, added: “We are delighted to continue our support for Nic as he pursues his ambitions in BTCC. He’s a tremendous inspiration for so many people and a great Ambassador for ROKiT and, in his new car, I’m confident we’ll see his talent really shine through this year.”

Hamilton’s Cupra Leon is adapted to allow him to compete with cerebral palsy. The car in its new ROKiT stealth livery will be shaken down for the first time on Tuesday, March 23 at Brands Hatch.


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK Spark Plug has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.

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