Handy Motorsport on a high heading into Knockhill

by Umar Hassan

Handy Motorsport are on a high as they head Scotland to Knockhill, looking for more silverware after Rob Austin’s third place at Snetterton last time out.

Austin, a fan favourite in the British Touring Car Championship, drove from ninth on the Snetterton Race 3 grid to claim third place whilst also claiming an Independents’ Trophy win. The Swindon-based team are looking to build on that result in Knockhill this weekend.

Austin has excelled at Knockhill in the past as he last won on this circuit in 2013 in a rear-wheel drive Audi A4. However, this will be the first time that Austin has driven this circuit with a front-wheel drive Toyota Avensis, presenting new challenges for the Pershore driver and the entire Handy Motorsport crew.

Austin said “I’m still over the moon from Snetterton, everyone worked so hard to put the team on the podium. Knockhill is a circuit that’s tailored to rear-wheel drive, so that makes things more difficult for us, but we’re still confident we can go well there in the Toyota. I do love racing at Knockhill, it’s a circuit I’ve excelled at in the past so we’re aiming for a strong weekend.”

Handy Motorsport Team Principal Simon Belcher added “We’re all still on cloud nine after last weekend, what an amazing result!

“Knockhill is a completely different challenge to Snetterton, and the rear-wheel drive cars do have an advantage there, but the goal is to build on everything we achieved last weekend. We are up for the challenge, and it’s always a bigger challenge for the front-wheel drive cars, but despite that we will fight as hard as we can for the best results possible – we’re really looking forward to it.”

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