Rob Austin keen to win after ‘long time’ away from top step

Rob Austin keen to win after ‘long time’ away from top step

Rob Austin
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Rob Austin ‘really wants to win’ in this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship races at Oulton Park, after a ‘long time’ away from the top step of the podium for the Handy Motorsport driver.

Austin has enjoyed his strongest start to a season to-date in 2017, taking a pole position and podium finis at the second meeting at Donington Park.

The Toyota driver continued his strong start to the campaign in the last meeting at Thruxton, where he finished all three races in the top ten to move up to ninth overall in the drivers’ championship standings.

Now Austin is hungry to do even better at Oulton Park – a circuit he believes should suit the Toyota Avensis better than the last venue.

“I’m really looking forward to Oulton”, said Austin. “I think it’ll be another strong circuit for us like Donington and I really will be trying to challenge for the front row on the grid in qualifying – I think that’s achievable.

“Oulton Park provides a great opportunity for us to score well and, hopefully, get back onto the podium so that’s what we’ll all be working towards.”

With Austin’s last victory being in 2014 he is keen to add another victory to his name after such a strong start to the season.

“I really want to win a race, it’s been a long time. Oulton is a track which should suit our car so we’re all going there feeling positive, especially after the competitive showing we delivered at Thruxton which was our weakest track of the season.”

Team Principal Simon Belcher also believes that the Cheshire circuit will play to the strengths of the Toyota much better than Thruxton did.

“Oulton should see us back to where we were at Donington”, added Belcher. “It’s much more suited to our Toyota than Thruxton was but, having said that, our results at Thruxton weren’t too shabby at all so we’ve got very high hopes for Oulton.”