Coming off the back of an incredible pair of rounds at Knockhill and Rockingham, Rob Austin is targetting more victories at Silverstone to add to a popular maiden triumph last time out for the WIX Racing man.
After breaking his BTCC victory duck at Rockingham two weekends ago, Austin heads to the penultimate round of the season lying ninth in the championship, hoping to break into the top eight with just six races to go.
The short 1.6 mile National version of the Silverstone circuit is one that Austin says will suit his Audi A4 once again, the power and traction-friendly layout one that he enjoys.
“It’s a short lap, sub-one minute in fact, but I like it – it means the fans get more laps and because of the long straights and slipstreaming the racing generally tends to be among the closest all season.
“But it also puts an emphasis on brakes and traction through the tight Becketts, Brooklands and Luffield corners – good exits from Becketts and Luffield in particular are crucial as both lead onto long straights.
After a superb run of form that has seen Austin claim four podiums in the last six races including his Rockingham triumph, the Evesham racer now targets similar results for the rest of the season at tracks that he feels will suit the Audi just as strongly.
“I fully intend going for more wins and I don’t mean that in a cocky way. We’ve been right up there for the last two events, everyone on the team is on a high after Rockingham and, on paper, Silverstone should suit Sherman. I’m up to ninth in the points table now and am definitely targeting the top eight.”