Hunter Abbott joins Rob Austin Racing for 2014 BTCC
|Wednesday, March 12th 2014, 20:09 GMT|
GT racer Hunter Abbott will drive Rob Austin Racing's second Audi A4 in the British Touring Car Championship this season.
The 33-year-old has signed to race alongside team owner Rob Austin, who took his first win in the series last season at Rockingham.
"Watching the BTCC in the 1990s is what made me want to race in the first place," said Abbott.
"Racing in the BTCC is the realisation of part of a childhood dream and finally I've got the opportunity to do it - and with a team that's clearly on the up.
"The deal has come together quite late but I got my first run in the Audi [last week] and I'm pleased with how it went."
Austin, who shared a car with Abbott in British GT in 2008, added: "I'm very excited about having Hunter in the team. He's driven for me in the past and he's always been rapid.
"All the team are immediately very impressed with his approach and we're looking forward to the season together."
Confirmed 2014 British Touring Car line-up so far: Team Car Drivers Eurotech Honda Civic Andrew Jordan/Martin Depper Honda (Team Dynamics) Civic Tourer Gordon Shedden/Matt Neal MG (Triple Eight) MG6 Jason Plato/Sam Tordoff/Marc Hynes Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-class Adam Morgan Motorbase Performance Ford Focus Fabrizio Giovanardi/Jack Clarke/TBA AmD Ford Focus Dave Newsham Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 Rob Austin/Hunter Abbott Welch Motorsport Proton Gen-2 Dan Welch/Ollie Jackson United Autosports Toyota Avensis James Cole/Glynn Geddie Rotek Racing Audi S3 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis Simon Belcher Team BMR Vauxhall Insignia Jack Goff/Warren Scott Team BMR VW Passat CC Alain Menu/Aron Smith WSR BMW 125i M Sport Colin Turkington/Rob Collard/Nick Foster Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Tom Ingram Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis Lea Wood