Knockhill saw Rob Austin have his best weekend ever in the BTCC after taking a pole position in FP2. A flying lap in qualifying of 52.471sec secured him his first pole position in what is his third season of the BTCC. This round also saw him take the qualifying lap record away from Tom Chilton at the 1.3 mile circuit.
Since moving to the Swindon Engines at Croft, things have improved for Austin, Snetterton saw more improvements with the boost being increased and now a few more tweaks, things are looking good, let’s see what Rockingham brings?
This weekend saw Rob get 3rd, 2nd and 4th! So two podiums! A massive improvement for Wix Racing, sadly though it wasn’t all plain sailing for all the Wix Racing Team with Will Bratt having to start at the back of the grid on one race due to twice failing the ride height tests! Rob felt bad, with him on top of the world Will’s problem appear to be a team error! Robs comment was;
“I feel absolutely terrible about that, so it is very much mixed emotions. I’m going to have to take a serious look into it as he was on for a top ten today. My sympathies go out to him and apologies as my teams responsible for that, I just hope he can battle his way through.”
After returning to the series Colin Turkington could however be a man to watch! With more wins than any other driver and double victories at both Croft and Knockhill, Turkington is now in with a big chance of winning the title this year.
The weekend saw some interesting outcomes, with BTCC debutant Kieran Gallagher in his Team HARD-run Vauxhall Insignia nudging Liam Griffin out of the way in race three is being one way to make your entrance known in BTCC world! Especially with Griffin out to score a hat trick with after two superb wins in his Ford Focus ST and in the running for the Jack Sears Trophy.
Races 1 and 2 were taking by an almost unstoppable Turkington, but with him excluded from race 3 due to having exceeded the maximum Boost allowance it left the field open, and Jordan in the Honda Civic took it.
Initially Scotsman Shedden seemed to be looking strong to build on his points, but grief set in with a fire due to engine failure, much to the disappointment of many of the home fans. Turkington was another to suffer disappointment at the weekend when he was disqualified in race 3 after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum boost allowance.
Both Shedden and Turkingtons woes did benefit others though, with Andrew Jordans perfect drive through to Victory in front of the Honda of Matt Neal and the BMW of Rob Collard.
Man of the moment has to be Rob Austin and the Wix Racing Team, with the cars showing huge improvements throughout the weekend. Rob believes that a race victory is on the cards, lets hope that ‘Sherman’ and Rob Rock at Rockingham.
An announcement early this week from HARD Racing have surprised and disappointed I think a few people. Initially it was announced that the VW Passat driven by Tom Onslow-Cole has been withdrawn for the rest of the season due to further development needed, the latest announcement is that Andy Wilmot will be making his debut in the VW Passat at Rockingham.