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Glynn Geddie secures second Team HARD Cupra

Glynn Geddie will return to Team HARD for a full season in the 2021 British Touring Car Championship after being named as the second driver for its new Cupra programme.

Geddie joined Tony Gilham’s outfit for the final two rounds of 2020 at Snetterton and Brands Hatch, securing a best finish of 15th at the wheel of one of the ageing Volkswagen CCs.

Having had the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a BTCC car for the first time since a two-round stint in an AmD-run MG back in 2018, the former British GT champion will now hope to regularly challenge for regular points in what is set to be his first full season in the series, with his debut campaign in 2014 having ended two rounds early.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in the BTCC for a whole campaign for the first time in 2021,” he said. “Joining up with Tony and Team HARD Racing at the back end of the 2020 season was a great experience and it was nice to dip my toe back into some close, wheel-to-wheel racing after spending the last few seasons in the GT discipline.

“I surprised myself actually. I thought it would take me a bit longer to get back into the swing of extracting the maximum out of front-wheel drive machinery, but testament to my team-mate and engineer who helped provide me with a stable platform to build on. To score points on my return to the series was a great result and one I’m extremely proud of.

“Moving onto this season, when Tony spoke to me about the team’s plans with the Cupra Leon it was impossible to not get excited and want to be involved. This team has big ambitions and I’m delighted to be onboard to help develop not only their new car, but also the next chapter of their Motorsport journey. It’s a very exciting time to be in the BTCC with Team HARD. Racing.”

Team boss Gilham said he was confident that the Scot would be a strong addition to the HARD line-up as it embarks on a new era with the Cupra.

“Glynn was a brilliant asset to the team at the back end of the 2020 season and really gave Jack a run for his money, despite having not raced in a front-wheel drive car for a few years,” he said. “It’s invaluable to have two drivers who are closely matched, which allows them to work together to move through the pack, and Glynn’s pace out of the box was a major factor in our decision to offer him a drive in the all-new Cupra Leon for 2021.

“Glynn and Jack very quickly developed a strong partnership, which is only going to accelerate our development of the new cars as we look to move up the grid this season. Both drivers will have an extensive testing plan before the season opener to allow us to provide them with a platform to extract the maximum from their new machinery from the get-go.

“I have full confidence in Glynn and I’m positive about his chances of securing the Jack Sears trophy in 2021. Bring it on!”