Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rob Austin Racing confirms title partner and driver line up for 2013 BTCC assault

Rob Austin Racing Press Release

Rob Austin Racing is delighted to announce that they will be entering the Dunlop MSA British
Touring Car Championship in 2013 with team principal Rob Austin and Will Bratt at the wheel of
the teams Audi A4’s once again.

After contesting two financially restricted seasons in 2011 & 2012, Pershore-based RAR are extremely proud of their progress thus far. This year Rob will be supported by Wix Filters under the banner.

Rob says: "The partnership with WIX is fantastic for us and will provide the stability we need to be
able to concentrate on winning races. It also allows us to take big steps forward in the development of the car. I have always maintained that the potential is there to win races, this year we will
show it. 2013 promises to be an exciting year. I am really looking forward to the challenge of the
BTCC – and also seeing my face on the big screen with the release of Ron Howard’s new
Formula 1 movie Rush.”

Wayne Stevens, Sales & Marketing Director for WIX Filters, comments: "We dipped our toe in the
water with RAR at the final BTCC round last season and the response we had from it was just
amazing! After hearing feedback from our customers, and in particular our race-weekend guests,
the decision to team up with RAR and Rob was an easy one. The heritage of WIX Filters in the
US lies in NASCAR which has provided a fantastic platform to underline the pedigree of the WIX
brand. Becoming involved in top level motorsport in the UK will help to provide the same continuity here.”

On the confirmation that Will Bratt will again be at the wheel of one of the teams Audi A4’s Rob
went on to say: “Having Will back for a full season is fantastic news. He is a great driver and is
going to surprise a lot of people this season. He was unlucky not to get some better results last
year, but he did show how quick he can be. Mark my words, he’s a quality driver.”

This will be the first time that RAR has had a confirmed driver line up so early in the year and
marks a real opportunity for them to step up to being a genuine title contender.
A clearly delighted Will Bratt comments: “I can’t wait to get started, I really enjoyed the racing last
year and the prospect of a full season is tremendous. The development of the car will allow us to
compete at the sharp end.”

There will also be a change in engine builder for the 2013 season. Field Motorsport, who looked
after the team’s Lehman built motors from mid way through the 2012 season, are currently developing their own version of the turbocharged 2.0 TFSI engine for the team.