Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BTCC: Hunter Abbott re-signs with Rob Austin Racing for 2015 BTCC

Rob Austin Racing Press Release

  • Continued support from Exocet, AlcoSense & DUO
  • Exciting behind-the-scenes changes also announced
Worcestershire team Rob Austin Racing will continue with its 2014 driver line-up of Rob Austin (Evesham, Worcs) and Hunter Abbott (Maidenhead, Berks) in 2015’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Furthermore Britain’s best fuel additives and home breathalyser companies FAST Exocet and AlcoSense will again title-sponsor both the Worcestershire team’s BTCC Audi A4s along with continued support from major international aggregates expert DUO Plc.

The BTCC is Britain’s biggest motor racing championship with live ITV4 coverage and huge trackside crowds. Its 2015 season gets under way at the world-famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat 4/Sun 5 April with the first three races of a gruelling 30-race calendar.

Prior to that is the BTCC’s high-profile season launch Media Day event at Donington Park, Leics on Tues 24 March where the RAR team will unveil its 2015-spec Audis before hundreds of media.

Before Media Day the RAR team is setting its sights on a thorough pre-season testing programme of both Audis as Austin and Abbott seek to improve considerably on 2014’s results.

Abbott, whose AlcoSense company produces the UK’s leading ‘morning after’ breathalysers for motorists, commented: “2014 was my first season in the BTCC and a learning year. The BTCC is like nothing else – the depth of competition and driving skill is among the highest of any motor racing championship in the world and you have to race harder and more ruthlessly than any other championship I’ve been in. Give an inch and someone will have a nose in there in a nano-second.

“I was happy to have finished in the points at my first ever BTCC event last year and the highlights for me were Rockingham and Croft where I overtook 17 cars in one race. With a year’s experience under my belt and the changes that Rob has made to both the team and the cars during the winter break I am really excited about returning for 2015. I’m going after consistently strong results across all 30 races and believe that podiums are a realistic target as well.”

Austin, also Team Principal, added: “The whole team is delighted to have Hunter back on board. He is a great driver, a great guy, a great friend and everyone in the team loves him. He almost won the Jack Sears Trophy and overtook more drivers than any other rookie in 2014. There were some very strong results – I am confident he can become one of the stand-out names in touring car in 2015.

“Certainly we have been working damned hard behind the scenes to give Hunter a car that can enable him to fight for big results on a much more consistent basis – things will become clearer on that front in the coming weeks and certainly on Media Day when we unveil the Audis in full 2015-specification.

“Hunter’s determination is also helping me raise my own game. I felt I dropped the ball a few times in 2014 and do not intend doing that again this year – I’ve already lost 10kgs since November as part of a fitness regime I’m on!

“Finally we just wouldn’t be here without our loyal sponsors Exocet, AlcoSense and DUO. They’ve given us the stability to really press ahead with developments to the cars for the new season – a luxury we didn’t have going into 2014. We’ve also entered a new and very exciting partnership with Coventry University and their excellent technical facilities – again resources we’ve not previously had at our disposal.

“I’m not making any predictions about the season ahead. All I will say is I sense that we have a great opportunity and it’s up to us to maximise that.”

Photo credit: Phil Laughton Photography