Rob Austin will make his British Touring Car Championship debut at Donington Park this weekend in place of his team's regular driver David Pinkney.
The British Formula 3 race winner brought his Rob Austin Racing squad into the BTCC this year, but only got Pinkney out onto the track for one installation lap during the season-opening weekend at Brands Hatch following delays to the build of the NGTC-spec Audi A4s.
Now, with Pinkney unable to race due to a clashing business commitment elsewhere, Austin will combine his role of team principal with that of driving at Donington.
"We have a couple of days available for testing in the days leading up to the race weekend, so we'll aim to get some miles on the car before we go out in anger," Austin said. "We're looking forward to seeing how the car compares against the rest of the field.
"We believe the Audi has fantastic promise but, due to time constraints, we might not be able to show its full potential."
Pinkney will return to the team for the following round at Thruxton while Austin previously told AUTOSPORT that his team will have its second Audi up and running by the end of the month.
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