Austin's car ready for Donington race after Brands Hatch crash

British Touring Car racer Rob Austin will contest this weekend's Donington Park round after his squad managed to rebuild his Audi in time

Austin's car ready for Donington race after Brands Hatch crash

Austin's NGTC machine scored a podium at the Brands Hatch opener three weeks ago, but was then involved in a heavy accident when Austin was hit by an out-of-control Dave Newsham.

There were doubts the Audi A4, which Austin races alongside team-mate Will Bratt, would be ready for Donington, but the owner-driver has now confirmed he will be racing.

"There've been a few tears along the way, during the rebuild of the car when a few setbacks left everyone wondering if we'd make it," said Austin.

"It has been amazing to see it unfold and to be a part of it, what my boys have achieved. We don't have anywhere near like the number of people of the works teams, yet they've still managed it.

"When I think back to how the car looked when I first got out after the crash... it's just incredible."

Austin is confident the A4 will be competitive at Donington.

"I believe we're in great shape," he added.

"Our 2013 developments worked very well at Brands and, in theory, we'll be able to make more use of them this weekend. On paper Donington's a better lay-out for the Audi and it provides more overtaking opportunities - and I love overtaking people.

"After getting close to our first win at Brands Hatch, victory is all I'm interested in."

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