7:30am Sunday 1st September 2013
EVESHAM’S Rob Austin enjoyed his most successful Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting with two podium finishes at Knockhill.
The WIX Racing driver claimed third in the first race, having qualified in pole position for the first time in the BTCC, before taking second in his Audi A4 behind Colin Turkington in the next.
Austin, whose team are based on Pershore Trading Estate, completed a superb meeting at the Fife circuit with a fourth-place finish in the third race.
It has lifted him to 12th in the standings ahead of the next meeting at Rockingham on Sunday, September 15.
“It was absolutely awesome,”
“My mechanics have done the most incredible job and the support from the fans and of course WIX is just out of this world.
“What this will do is give everyone associated with the team a huge lift for the remainder of the season.
“We’re back where I genuinely feel we belong. We know what is achievable and of course we’re pumped up for wins from here on in.”
Matt Neal saw his lead at the top trimmed to just six points after finishing seventh, fifth and second at Knockhill for Pershore’s Honda Yuasa Racing.
Andrew Jordan is hot on the three-time champion’s heels after winning the third race, while Turkington has closed the gap on thirdplaced Gordon Shedden to three points following wins in the first two races.
Defending champion Shedden is 21 points behind Jordan.
Neal said: “I think that every point you get is vital, whether it’s a fifth place, a seventh or the podium that we picked up in race three.
“You’ve just got to grab what you can because the competition is pretty tough and it’s not easy out there.
“This championship could come down to the odd point.”
Austin’s team-mate Will Bratt finished 20th and 10th in races one and three but failed to complete the second.
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