Jack Butel – moving to Team HARD for 2023 – Photo: Motor Racing UK/Mick Palmer

Jack Butel has been confirmed at Team Hard to run in a fourth Cupra Leon for the 2023 British Touring Car Championship.

The Jersey based driver heads into his fourth season in the series with one eye on the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers yet to achieve a podium.

Butel, who made his BTCC debut in a Ciceley A-Class Mercedes in 2020 before racing an Exclr8 Hyundai for the last two, joins Bobby Thompson, Dexter Patterson and team mate form last year Dan Lloyd on the roster.

“I’m back again for another crack at the BTCC and I’m delighted to be able to move across to Team HARD for this season. It’s something that I have been looking at doing for a while but our paths have never quite aligned,” Butel said.

“I’ve watched the team grow stronger and stronger over the years and now is a great time to join them,” he explained. “The Cupra looks fast, there is a buzz around the team and having met a lot of the staff, I know we are going to have a great relationship as we push the team on even further this year. They have a great driver line-up this year and I’m excited to start working with the likes of Bobby and Dexter who were very quick last season as well as linking up with Dan once again who I worked well with last year. Combining all of these factors, I’m confident of a really strong debut season with Team HARD.”

Team boss Tony Gilham said: “Jack is a great lad and we’ve been in talks for a few years now to try and get him into one of our Cupra Leons. I’m delighted to say that 2023 is that year, and we can’t wait to work on making this season the most successful year for Jack in the BTCC to date. He is a driver that we really believe in and we are confident that he will be able to challenge consistently for the Jack Sears this season to help up defend the title won by Bobby in 2022.

“It’s been a very busy off-season for the team with lots of advancements in not only our driver line-up but also our engineering department. The Cupra showed lots of potential in 2022 and we are looking to take the next step towards the front. Jack’s experience in the series is only going to help that progress after spending two years developing the Hyundai i30 Fastback.

“We have a fantastic driver line-up for this season and Jack is going to slip in fantastically with the culture we have developed at Team HARD. over the past couple of years. The whole team can’t wait for the season to start!”

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