Rob Austin


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 great success in the Formula Renault and British F3 championships in the late 1990s.

Austin switched to 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 setup 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 at the Brands Hatch finale. The team have had a strong pre-season ahead of the new campaign and Austin will be looking to push on, with much potential still to unlock.

Season Results

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 8th
Race 1 5th
Race 2 DSQ
Race 3 18th
Donington Park Qualifying 1st
Race 1 3rd
Race 2 DNF
Race 3 13th
Thruxton Qualifying 5th
Race 1 9th
Race 2 5th
Race 3 5th
Oulton Park Qualifying 14th
Race 1 9th
Race 2 8th
Race 3 7th
Croft Qualifying 19th
Race 1 12th
Race 2 8th
Race 3 4th
Snetterton Qualifying 7th
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 15th
Race 3 DNF
Knockhill Qualifying 23rd
Race 1 23rd
Race 2 DNF
Race 3 20th
Rockingham Qualifying 23rd
Race 1 31st
Race 2 26th
Race 3 DNF
Silverstone Qualifying 6th
Race 1 9th
Race 2 5th
Race 3 5th
Brands Hatch GP Qualifying 4th
Race 1 9th
Race 2 9th
Race 3 1st

Driver Info

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1 February 1981
Place of Birth: Evesham, Worcestershire
Lives: Evesham, Worcestershire
Team: Handy Motorsport
Car: Toyota Avensis

BTCC Debut: Donington Park, 17 April 2011

BTCC Races: 196
BTCC Wins: 3
BTCC Podiums: 16
BTCC Poles: 2
BTCC Fastest Laps: 4

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