3rd May 2022

Will Powell has today (3 May) been confirmed as the fourth and final driver in Team HARD. Racing’s Cupra Leon line-up for the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, as the 37-year-old makes his series debut.

Powell has raced in multiple UK championships spanning from single-seaters to GT cars. He drove the Brabham BT62 Competition in the marque’s return to racing at Brands Hatch in 2019 before winning the British Endurance Series championship in a McLaren GT3 in 2021 and has competed in TCR.

Unlike most drivers on the grid, Powell is also the Managing Director of his own race team; named Motus One. When originally formed by Powell in 2016, Motus One operated as a motorsport marketing agency before, in 2018, Motus One Racing was added to the Motus One group.

For the remainder of the 2022 BTCC season, Powell will pilot the #20 Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero entry alongside the current Jack Sears Trophy leader, Bobby Thompson.

“This is the realisation of a boyhood dream, going back to when we would skip school to camp out at Brands Hatch and watch the BTCC,” said Powell. “I’d like to thank Tony Gilham and his family for the opportunity to make the dream a reality, along with our friends at Autobrite Direct, JourneyHero and all my partners at Motus One.

“I think the series is the pinnacle of British motorsport and – despite unusual circumstances – I’m over the moon to join the grid at Brands Hatch. I don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge, but I’m looking forward to racing with the best.”

“We have been working with Will and Motus One for a little while now, including a successful test day in our Cupra last season, so it’s great that we are able to get him onboard to fill our last seat this year,” added Team Owner Tony Gilham. “Will is a great guy.

“Coming into the season at this stage, we wanted to find a driver that already has a relationship with both our staff and partners to build long-term and with his vast experience in motorsport both on and off the track will really help accelerate his development in the BTCC, as well as the fact that the team knows Will and vice-versa.”

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