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Austin’s Audi Repaired For Donington Park

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Rob Austin is eyeing victory in this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship races at Donington Park after his Audi A4 was fully repaired following his hefty crash at Brands Hatch.

Austin had netted a podium in the first race of the season in his self-run, Wix Racing-backed Audi but contact took him out of the reckoning in race two before a huge shunt in race three rounded off his weekend.

However, an “amazing” rebuild job from his team means the car will be on the grid for the second round of the championship – alongside teammate Will Bratt – and now Austin reckons wins are within reach.

“I believe we’re in great shape for Donington,” he said. “Our 2013 developments worked very well at Brands and, in theory, we’ll be able to make more use of them this weekend.

“On paper Donington’s a better lay-out for the Audi and it provides more overtaking opportunities – and I love overtaking people. After getting close to our first win at Brands Hatch, victory is all I’m interested in.”

Austin praised the efforts of his team, as well as his fans who bought “I helped fix Sherman” t-shirts to help fund the rebuild, and said it had been touch-and-go.

“It’s been emotional,” he added. “There’ve been a few tears along the way, during the rebuild of the car when a few setbacks left everyone wondering if we’d make it and then at the end when we knew it was going to happen.

“It has been amazing to see it unfold and to be a part of it, what my boys have achieved.”

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