BTCC MAN AUSTIN TO RACE HOT RODS

Race win­ner signs up to con­test NHR Na­tion­als

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James Pho­tos: PAB/ DAR, Jerome Le­bas, Ken Reay, LAT

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

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