BTCC MAN AUSTIN TO RACE HOT RODS
Race winner signs up to contest NHR Nationals
British Touring Car racer Rob Austin will enter the Hot Rod National Championship event at Hednesford Hills Raceway in August.
The two-time BTCC racer winner, who will handle a Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis in this season’s tin-top contest, has been offered the outing in Mikey Godfrey’s Vauxhall Tigra. The race meeting takes place on August 5/6.
The Hednesford Hills event is a one-off meeting for hot rods, with the winner being crowned as the National champion. Adam Hylands won it in 2016.
Austin said: “The National Hot Rod races are like BTCC races but without left handers.
“They are close and action packed but most of all they are great fun so I’m really pleased to be invited back for another go and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.”
Austin drove Godfrey’s car in the Motorsport News Trophy in 2015, a one-off event organised by MN that pitched six BTCC drivers against each other in a 10-lap dash at Ipswich.
Following that run, which was the curtain-raiser to the Thunder 500 Trophy race, Godfrey lent Austin his car for the rest of the meeting and he joined in with category regulars.
Godfrey said: “Rob loved his run in my car before and this was a chance to let him have another go. The Nationals is a strong event and he will be up against some top drivers, but he knows the cars and the formula now so I think he will have a great time.
“It will be rather odd watching from the sidelines and seeing someone go round in ‘my’ car though.”
Austin will drive Mikey Godfrey’s car