Rob Austin is aiming to turn his luck around at Thruxton, but doesn’t believe the track will suit his car.
After two rounds, Austin is 13th in the championship with only two top ten finishes, including a podium at Donington Park. The Handy Motorsport driver has seen strong results in the opening race of the weekend, only to fall away in the following races.
The team believes those results don’t reflect the Toyota Avensis’ performance so far, and hopes Austin will be able to prove that at Thruxton.
“Our performance so far has been far better than our championship position suggests, so the target for Thruxton is to bag some big points,” team principal Simon Belcher said. “It’s a great circuit which demands commitment, but you also need the chassis to work well in order to be fast there and to be able to carry the speed through the key corners. You have to be brave, but you need the chassis to work for you as well.”
The aim this weekend will be three strong points finishes, hoping Austin’s luck will turn around.
But the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit isn’t expected to suit the Toyota Avensis. Testing has suggested Handy Motorsport will be at a disadvantage this weekend.
“We’ve got to be realistic for Thruxton,” Belcher said. “Pole position at Donington was great but we know Thruxton doesn’t suit our car as well. I think the Hondas will dominate.”
It won’t be easy for Austin to bridge the gap to those who led in testing, but he aims to do just that with “bravery and commitment”.
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