Birthday Boy and BRDC Member
Rob Austin has double reason to celebrate his 32nd birthday today (1 February) – he’s just been made a member of the exclusive and world famous British Racing Drivers Club.
Rob has been voted in by the BRDC’s board and joins a number of other current top touring car names as members such as Jason Plato, Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden. Others include the likes of Britain’s F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button – the club, founded in the 1920s for professional racing drivers, has been based for the last 60 years at the British F1 Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone.
“The BRDC membership is just awesome and I have to thank the board for welcoming me into their very famous club,” says Rob. “I feel very honoured to be joining a number of my peers as well as some extremely famous British names from the worlds of F1 and other international motor sport. It feels like being sworn into the Masons! I’ll certainly be looking to use the BRDC’s considerable insight, knowledge and contacts to build on my team’s fortunes in 2013.”
The good news of BRDC membership comes just a few weeks after Rob confirmed that both he and international single-seater ace Will Bratt will contest the full BTCC campaign in a pair RAR Audis.
It has been a busy time for Rob, who will also later this year appear in Ron Howard’s new movie Rush (with both a driving role and a quick line) – the film is based on the James Hunt vs Niki Lauda rivalry in F1 in the Seventies.