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Austin steers brand new Alfa Romeo to podium glory on opening weekend of BTCC season at Brands Hatch

Rob Austin

The opening weekend of the British Touring Car Championship season saw great results for HMS Racing with driver Rob Austin taking a third place podium finish in round three at Brands Hatch.

The result was celebrated with mixed emotions as Austin dedicated the performance to the memory of late team mechanic Shane Stokes, who very tragically lost his life late last year.

“It’s for Shane”, said an emotional Austin immediately after the final race, “It’s very mixed emotions to be here [on the podium], we miss him a lot – a lot – and this is for him. He’s looking over us and gave us that luck in race two with the reverse grid draw.

“We didn’t have the front tyres to win it, this is the first time we’ve put soft tyres on it, so we’ve still got a huge amount to learn with this car but it’ll come. It’s a great base car, the engineering that’s gone into this is the best I’ve seen on this grid.”

He added: “We just need to figure out how to get it to work, we need a couple of test days and a bit of development to do that. We’ve got great support from DUO, Northgate, Close Brothers, and with their help I’m sure we’ll get it there.”

We are proud to support HMS Racing and Rob Austin this season and look forward to seeing the results in the next round at Donnington Park on 28-29 April.