Tom Onslow-Cole will compete with Team HARD in the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The 25-year-old, who raced with the West Surrey Racing-run eBay Motors outfit in 2012, taking ten wins and finishing sixth in the championship, has concluded a three-year deal to drive a Volkswagen Passat CCs.

"I've seen what Tony [Gilham]'s plans are longer term and they fit perfectly with the direction I want my career to take and he's also offering some great opportunities for my sponsors," Onslow-Cole told

"The Passat also looks like the ideal car for the newer NGTC regulations - it already fits without having to be massaged to the dimensions. One of the big questions I asked when I first started discussing this with Tony was 'how well will it be built?'

"Obviously with NGTC there are significantly more common components under the skin and a team who can put a strong, reliable car together first off is going to stand out. Again from what I've seen of the people Tony is putting in place behind the scenes I'm very confident the Passat will be a first class touring car.

"The three-year deal also gives me a real opportunity to put my stamp on things. It's like starting with a clean sheet of paper and that's very exciting for me."

The announcement follows on from news on Wednesday that reigning Renault Clio Cup champion Jack Goff will drive for the Team HARD in 2013 too.