Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin heads into this weekend’s triple-header at Knockhill determined to score big points after a rough three races at Snetterton.
The Toyota Avensis driver failed to finish two races at the Norfolk circuit last time out, dropping him to tenth in the overall standings.
Now heading north of the border to Knockhill, a circuit he has gone well at in the past, the two-time race winner is keen to bounce back at a circuit he enjoys tackling.
“After a tough weekend at Snett, that saw us unceremoniously removed from two of the three races, I am looking forward to getting back on track at Knockhill,” he commented. “I absolutely love the Knockhill circuit and the support from the fans north of the border is always incredible.
“I am one of the highest average finishers on the grid at Knockhill and I believe the Handy Motorsport Toyota will suit it as well as it can for a front-wheel drive car, so I am definitely aiming to keep that going and come away with a good points haul.”
Having experienced what it is like to pilot a rear-wheel-drive car around the undulating Fife circuit from his time at the wheel of the Audi A4, Austin is realistic of his chances.
He continued: “Obviously the rear-wheel drive cars are very strong this year and there are some cars out there that still have a power advantage. Knockhill’s tight final turn, followed by a long uphill drag to the finish line, really favours the RWD traction and those with a little extra under the hood. The rest of the circuit rewards a good chassis and a brave driver though and we tick both of those boxes.
“Hopefully we can make up for the deficit and be in with a shout overall, otherwise our target will be to win the front-wheel drive, non-Ford engine race! It’s important to score as heavily as we can to make up for some lost ground in the championship after Snetterton – that’s the plan.”
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