Rob Austin has rapidly become one of the most popular drivers in the BTCC. His career began in single-seaters, as the Evesham-based ace enjoyed success in the Formula Renault and British F3 championships in the late 1990s.
Austin joined the BTCC in 2011 with his family-run Rob Austin Racing outfit. His NGTC Audi A4 immediately made an impact, and he scored a podium in his first season at Rockingham. Two years later, the same circuit served as the scene for an emotional breakthrough BTCC victory for Rob and his Audi – affectionately dubbed ‘Sherman’ by his ever-growing army of fans.
2014 saw Austin increase his winning tally with another triumph – again at his favourite hunting ground of Rockingham. The rostrum eluded Rob in 2015, despite notching up 12 top ten finishes. For 2016, he switched to front-wheel drive for the first time in the BTCC, leading the attack for Handy Motorsport in a Toyota Avensis.
Austin endured a difficult start to 2016. The team took a wrong turn in terms of the set-up of its Avensis, but following a mid-season breakthrough Austin was propelled up the order. Three podiums followed in the second half of the campaign including P2 in the Brands Hatch finale. 2017 was rounded off with victory in the finale, on the Avensis’ send-off.
For 2018, Duo Motorsport with HMS Racing will run an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, marking the beloved brand’s hotly-anticipated return to the BTCC after a near two-decade hiatus.
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Date of Birth: 1 February 1981
Place of Birth: Evesham, Worcestershire
Lives: Evesham, Worcestershire
Team: Duo Motorsport with HMS Racing
Car: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
BTCC Debut: Donington Park, 2011BTCC Races: 199