It is with a heavy heart that Team HARD. Racing announces that Bobby Thompson will be stepping aside from the remaining races of the 2023 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season. Due to financial circumstances faced by the team, Bobby has made the difficult decision to step down from his racing duties.
The current economic climate, coupled with the increase in costs to compete has presented unprecedented challenges for the team. These unforeseen circumstances have compelled the team to carefully reassess their budget and make tough choices in order to secure their long-term sustainability.
The team wants to emphasise that this decision was not made lightly. Bobby has been an integral part of the team, he has met his targets on-track, his financial commitments for the season off it and his contributions to the racing program are deeply valued. Bobby has become one of the Team HARD. Racing family and his absence from the track for the remainder of the season is met with the greatest regret.
Despite his departure from racing with the team, Bobby will continue to show his loyalty and support by attending selected rounds of the BTCC season with the team.
The team acknowledges Bobby’s dedication and professionalism throughout his time with the team. They extend their heartfelt gratitude for his contributions both on and off the track and we look forward to seeing him at selected rounds this season.
Looking ahead, the team remains firmly committed to continuing to push towards the front of the BTCC. Bobby’s replacement will be announced imminently.