Rob Austin

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Rob Austin
Rob Austin, Brands Hatch, Apr 2012.jpg
Nationality  British
Born (1981-02-01) February 1, 1981 (age 33)
Evesham (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2011
Current team Exocet Racing
Car no. 101
Starts 91
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 4
Best finish 11th in 2013
Previous series
2012
2010
20082009
2008
2007
2005
20002004
VW Cup
Grand Prix Masters
Ginetta G50 Cup
British GT
SEAT Cupra Championship
Formula Three Euroseries
British Formula Three

Robert Christopher "Rob" Austin (born 1 February 1981 in Evesham, Worcestershire) is an English racing driver who currently competes in the British Touring Car Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Formula 3[edit]

His career started in British Formula Renault in 1998, where he raced until 1999. An accident put him out of racing for the 2000 season, but he returned in British Formula Three for Alain Menu's team in 2001, where he raced until 2004. He also has Japanese Formula Three experience (2003).

British GT Championship[edit]

Austin entered the British GT Championship in 2008 with a brand new Ginetta G50 GT4 under the Rob Austin Racing banner.[1] He drove alongside Hunter Abbott although they missed the first event at Oulton Park when Abbott crashed and destroyed the car. They took the first of three GT4 victories in the third race of the season at Knockhill having taken delivery of a new car.[2] The pair finished the season joint third in the GT4 standings after finishing on the podium at every race they finished, except for their disqualification at Thruxton.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

In 2011, he took over the driving duties from David Pinkney in the British Touring Car Championship due to Pinkney's departure from the team after the first round. He competed in a NGTC specification Audi A4 for his own team.[3] Austin qualified a career best fourth at Knockhill but retired in the first race.[4] He took his maiden podium finish in the third race at Rockingham, ending up second by James Nash.[5] He completed the season in 16th place with one podium finish and one fastest lap.

Rob Austin Racing signed Mark Hazell to drive the team's Audi A4 for the start of the 2012 season, but Austin was the only entry for the season opener at Brands Hatch Indy.[6] He finished eighth in the first race of the season and finished fifth in the following two races. Hazell left the team after Brands Hatch, leaving Austin as the team's only driver for Donington Park and Thruxton. Austin sat out the meeting at Oulton Park while series debutant and 2009 Euroseries 3000 champion Will Bratt was the team's sole entrant at the Cheshire venue.[7] He returned to the car for the next race at Croft, taking his second podium finish in race two.[8] He was unable to find the budget to race at Knockhill, forcing him to miss the event but he returned to the car at Rockingham.[9] He was disqualified from the third race at Silverstone after colliding with Daniel Welch on lap three while fighting for second place.[10] Austin secured a title sponsor for the season finale at Brands Hatch, his car would carry a special NASCAR inspired livery for Wix Filters.[11]

Austin confirmed his return in 2013 with the team running under the WIX Filters banner.[12] Austin led early on in the first race of the season at Brands Hatch, he was then passed by Jason Plato and eventually finished third behind Andrew Jordan. He retired from the following two races, in race three he was collected by Dave Newsham who had spun and Austin had a high speed collision with the barriers before coming to a rest in the middle of the track.[13] He took his first pole position in the BTCC at the Knockhill round.[14] He took his first outright win at the next event at Rockingham; he took victory in race two ahead of Gordon Shedden.[15] After that he only scored 11 more points for the rest of the year, finishing 11th in the standings.

Austin will return for the 2014 season, Exocet will take over title sponsorship after the departure of WIX Filters.[16]

In March 2014 Hunter Abbott signed for Rob Austin Racing to run in a second Audi A4 NGTC Touring Car in the 2014 season under the AlcoSense Racing Banner.[17]

Other activities[edit]

Austin appeared in the Ron Howard film Rush (2013), portraying Brett Lunger and driving his Surtees TS19, which is owned by his father for racing in historic events.[18]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2000 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2001 British Formula Three Alain Menu Racing 25 0 0 0 0 8 19th
2002 British Formula Three Menu F3 Motorsport 26 0 0 0 1 94 9th
2003 British Formula Three Menu F3 Motorsport 16 1 2 0 5 110 7th
2004 British Formula Three Menu F3 Motorsport 8 0 0 2 1 32 16th
2005 Formula 3 Euroseries Team Midland Euroseries 4 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
2007 SEAT Cupra Great Britain R class Startline Services 11 0 0 1 1 60 8th
Ginetta Championship Rob Austin Racing 11 1 0 2 5 168 11th
2008 British GT Championship GT4 Rob Austin Racing 14 3 2 4 10 80 2nd
Ginetta G50 Cup Great Britain Rob Austin Racing 4 2 1 1 4 132 14th
2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Rob Austin Racing 6 0 0 0 2 51 19th
2010 Grand Prix Masters 7 1 1 1 3 n/a n/a
2011 British Touring Car Championship Rob Austin Racing 24 0 0 1 1 26 16th
2012 British Touring Car Championship Rob Austin Racing 24 0 0 0 1 122 13th
2013 British Touring Car Championship WIX Racing 29 1 1 2 5 154 11th

Complete British Formula Three results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 DC Points
2000 Carlin Motorsport Dallara F398 Honda THR CRO OUL DON
1
DON
2
SIL BRH DON
1
DON
2
CRO SIL SNE
Ret
SPA SIL NC 0
2001 Alain Menu Racing Dallara F301 Renault Sodemo SIL
1

13
SIL
2

17
DON
1

16
DON
2

19
SNE
1

15
SNE
2

8
OUL
1

15
OUL
2

21
CRO
1

DNS
CRO
2

13
ROC
1

12
ROC
2

23
CAS
1

14
CAS
2

15
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

12
DON
1

17
DON
2

21
KNO
1

13
KNO
2

12
THR
1

14
THR
2

Ret
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

11
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

7
19th 8
2002 Menu Motorsport Dallara F302 Opel Spiess BRH
1

5
BRH
2

6
DON
1

5
DON
2

4
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

9
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

9
CRO
1

6
CRO
2

C
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

10
CAS
1

9
CAS
2

7
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

8
ROC
1

11
ROC
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
THR
1

5
THR
2

9
DON
1

7
DON
2

10
9th 94
2003 Menu F3 Motorsport Dallara F303 Opel Spiess DON
1

4
DON
2

4
SNE
1

16
SNE
2

3
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

5
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

3
CAS
1

20
CAS
2

7
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

11
ROC
1
ROC
2
THR
1
THR
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
DON
1

3
DON
2

1
BRH
1
BRH
2
7th 110
2004 Menu F3 Motorsport Dallara F304 Opel DON
1
DON
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
CAS
1
CAS
2
DON
1
DON
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

5
THR
1

14
THR
2

3
SPA
1
SPA
2
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

12
16th 32

Complete SEAT Cupra Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap in class – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2004 Mars SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

5
BRH
2

Ret
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

Ret
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

4
CRO
1
CRO
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
DON
1
DON
2
11th 21
2007 Startline Services SEAT León Cupra Cupra
R
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

Ret
ROC
1

13
ROC
2

Ret
THR
1

19
THR
2

16
CRO
1
CRO
2
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

17
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
SNE
1
SNE
2
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

14
KNO
1
KNO
2
THR
1
THR
2
8th 60

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2005 Team Midland Euroseries Dallara F305/001 Toyota HOC
1
HOC
2
PAU
1
PAU
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
MON
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ZAN
1

12
ZAN
2

Ret
LAU
1

21
LAU
2

Ret
HOC
3
HOC
4
NC 0

Complete British GT results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap in class)

Year Entrant Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2008 Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 GT4 OUL
1

DNS
OUL
2

DNS
KNO
1

9
KNO
2

Ret
ROC
1

14
ROC
2

10
SNE
1

16
SNE
2

15
THR
1

14
THR
2

DSQ
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

11
SIL
7
DON
11
2nd 80

Complete Ginetta G50 Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded – 2008 all races, 2009 in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DC Pts
2008 Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 OUL
1
OUL
2
CAD
1
CAD
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

1
SNE
1
SNE
2
THR
1

1
THR
2

2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
MAL
1
MAL
2
DON
1
DON
2
14th 132
2009 Rob Austin Racing Ginetta G50 BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
THR
1

DSQ
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

Ret
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
OUL
1
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

31
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
19th 51
  1. ^ – Race staged in place of the cancelled race at Oulton Park.

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2011 Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

13
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

DNS
THR
3

DNS
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

12
OUL
3

16
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

NC
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

15
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

10
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

7
ROC
2

9
ROC
3

2*
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

14
BRH
3

13
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

12
SIL
3

6
16th 26
2012 Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 BRH
1

8
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

5
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
DON
3

DNS
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

18
THR
3

13
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
CRO
1

5
CRO
2

3
CRO
3

7
SNE
1

12
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1

9
ROC
2

16
ROC
3

10
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

DSQ
BRH
1

17
BRH
2

10
BRH
3

7
13th 122
2013 WIX Racing Audi A4 BRH
1

3*
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

14
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

DNS
THR
1

19
THR
2

18
THR
3

Ret
OUL
1

13
OUL
2

8
OUL
3

5*
CRO
1

13
CRO
2

14
CRO
3

11
SNE
1

15
SNE
2

14
SNE
3

12
KNO
1

3*
KNO
2

2
KNO
3

4
ROC
1

3
ROC
2

1*
ROC
3

9
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

17
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

18
11th 154
2014 Exocet Racing Audi A4 BRH
1

5
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

11
DON
1

29
DON
2

18
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

17
THR
2

DSQ
THR
3

12
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

2
OUL
3

5
CRO
1

13
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

-
SNE
2

-
SNE
3

-
KNO
1

-
KNO
2

-
KNO
3

-
ROC
1

-
ROC
2

-
ROC
3

-
SIL
1

-
SIL
2

-
SIL
3

-
BRH
1

-
BRH
2

-
BRH
3

-
14th* 63*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AUSTIN POWERS BRITISH GT ASSAULT". GTGateway.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hunter Abbott Returns to Take British GT Win after Nightmare Crash". British GT Championship. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Austin to race at Donington". btcc.net (British Touring Car Championship). 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ Turner, Kevin. "Chilton gives Global Ford Focus first BTCC pole at Knockhill". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Turner, Kevin. "James Nash holds off Rob Austin to take maiden British Touring Car win at Rockingham". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Rob Austin to race the team's second Audi A4 at Brands". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Will Bratt to race for Rob Austin Racing at Oulton Park". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Victory number six for Shedden". BTCC.net. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Trio to miss Knockhill". BTCC.net. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Penalties handed out for Wood, Wrathall & Austin". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "New livery for Rob Austin at Brands Hatch". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "RAR confirms Wix, Bratt". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Mitchell, Scott (31 March 2013). "Brands Hatch BTCC: Neal Heads Remarkable Honda 1-2". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Austin takes maiden pole". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Ben (15 September 2013). "Rockingham BTCC: Rob Austin secures maiden victory". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Mason, Dan (9 January 2014). "Austin to Run Under Exocet Racing Banner in 2014". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112871
  18. ^ "Rob Austin: Movie Star!". Rob Austin Racing. Rob Austin Motorsport Ltd. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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