British Touring Cars preview: Rob Austin

evo catches up with five likely British Touring Car title contenders. Today it's Audi A4 racer and Rush actor Rob Austin

Continuing the countdown to the 2013 British Touring Cars season, evo catches up with Audi A4 racer, team boss and actor in the forthcoming Formula 1 film Rush, Rob Austin: How would you sum up your last 12 months?“Difficult! We’ve had issues with finances and with engine problems, so we really had to battle through last year and do what we could when we could. But we’ve got some massive updates on the car this year, and the sponsorship from Wix Filters means we can commit, complete the whole season and race at the front regularly.” What’s the biggest strength of the A4 compared to the other cars on the grid?“This year, for the first time, I reckon we’ll have good straight-line speed. With rear-wheel drive, sometimes it’s an advantage and sometimes it’s a disadvantage, but we’re hoping for some good power this year. The team’s been working some crazy hours to get the car ready and we think it’s a good improvement.” Which other driver in the field do you respect the most, and why?“I’d say Dan Welch, because he’s involved in developing his own Proton Gen-2 in a very similar way to what I’m doing with my Audi. Oh, and he bought me beer the other week.” Who do you think will win this year’s championship, and why?“Me, because I’m the most determined! The one thing I can guarantee is that I’m going to try harder than anyone else. It’s hard to say and it’s always hard to predict British Touring Cars, but I’d like to think that we’ll be in with a shout.”

Read our Matt Neal Interview

Full preview of the 2013 British Touring Cars season

Most Popular

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?
Crop X5 M Competition
BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?

In many ways critically flawed, but there is something oddly captivating about its unerring focus
7 May 2021
Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022
80mph motorway speed limit
News

Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022

The use of mandatory speed limiters and data loggers on all new cars has been approved by the European Parliament, and manufacturers are already makin…
28 Apr 2021
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera v Mercedes-AMG
Features

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head

Which 600bhp wagon is the current super-estate king? It‘s time to find out as the Audi RS6 Avant takes on Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turi…
8 May 2021