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James Weaver returns to the BTCC as chief race engineer

Former British Touring Car racer James Weaver will return to the championship at Oulton Park this weekend as chief race engineer for Rob Austin Racing.

The ex-sportscar star will oversee Hunter Abbott's Audi A4 for the rest of 2014, taking pressure off lead driver Rob Austin, who had been engineering both machines.

Weaver scored his single BTCC victory at the Cheshire circuit in 1984, driving a BMW 635CSi, before finishing second in the standings in 1989. He went on to have a successful sportscar career, mainly in America.

"While the majority of my career was in sportscars the principles remain basically the same," said Weaver.

"Hopefully I can take some load off Rob and that will translate into even better performance.

"I've not 'worked' in the BTCC paddock since 1989 so it will be nice to bump into some old faces - particularly ITV anchorman Steve Rider who I remember well from those times on Grandstand."

Austin said: "With James on board we will be able to devote much more time, knowledge and experience into looking through the data and improving performance.

"Someone of James's experience is a massive asset. With James on board and with a good sequence of circuits coming up our goals will be to make some huge progress."

Austin also hopes improvements to the A4s since the last round at Thruxton will help the team move forward.

"Both cars have undergone major rebuilds since the last event," he added.

"We have new cooling packs which should improve the temperatures on the cars and help us squeeze that bit more power from the engines."

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