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Rob Austin enjoys competitive Oulton test

Rob Austin says he is pleased to have posted comparable times to leading British Touring Car Championship outfits during recent tests at Oulton Park and Donington Park, despite cold track conditions.

Austin spent Tuesday and Wednesday running at Oulton Park in Cheshire, before moving to Donington Park for Thursday after a waterlogged track at Oulton on Wednesday forced the team to cut short its programme of testing and move location.

Despite the conditions, Austin is pleased with his performances and posting comparable times to the leading outfits.

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“The raw pace we seem to be getting – even in very cold conditions – is awesome,” said Austin. “We’ve been able to compare ourselves against the factory MG and Honda cars as well as reigning champ Andrew Jordan’s Honda and all I’ll say is I’m pretty chuffed with our lap times.

“It is always impossible to know what the others are up to in testing and you know they’ve probably got something up their sleeves with the extra resources they have, but we’re heading back to base tonight in a very good mood.”

Austin adds that the team have been working through multiple car set-ups and have made progress on the car’s suspension settings.

“The car hasn’t missed a beat and we’ve been able to get through a lot of set-up changes, plus really work a lot on the suspension side of things which is crucial,” added Austin. “Every time we make even a small tweak it makes a difference which is always a good sign. All my team have done a phenomenal job.”

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