Rob Austin signs up to lead Handy Mo­tor­sport team’s BTCC at­tack

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Team boss Si­mon Belcher says sign­ing Rob Austin up to lead the Handy Mo­tor­sport Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team this sea­son is an­other build­ing block in the out­fit’s long term fu­ture in the top flight.

Austin has moved from his own Rob Austin Rac­ing squad to join up with Belcher and race a freshly built Toy­ota Aven­sis for the 2016 cam­paign.

Austin will move his crew from Rob Austin Rac­ing to Handy and the op­er­a­tion will as­sisted tech­ni­cally by Speed­works Mo­tor­sport, as has hap­pened for the last two sea­sons.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be join­ing forces with Handy Mo­tor­sport,” said Austin. “Through this deal we’re com­bin­ing the best bits of both teams –I will have my reg­u­lar guys work­ing on the cars and I will have my en­gi­neer from 2015, Matt Tay­lor.

“We should be able to do a re­ally good job with the new Toy­ota and spring some sur­prises.

“There will be some adapt­ing back to front-wheel drive but, as Colin Turk­ing­ton [two-time BTCC cham­pion] has proved, if you can drive you can drive. This re­ally is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity.”

Belcher said: “By sign­ing Rob, this is an­other sig­nal of in­tent for the team. We are here for the long term and we have a five-year plan to take us to the next level. There are a lot of shared vi­sions be­tween Rob and Handy Mo­tor­sport. By align­ing our­selves to­gether, we can get there faster.”

Austin has moved across to Handy team

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