Abbott joins Rob Austin Racing

Hunter Abbott will race the Rob Austin Racing team’s second Audi A4 in the 2014 Dunlop British Touring Car Championship. The 33-year-old from Maidenhead will be entering the BTCC for the first time having previously contested the Ginetta GT Supercup, and British GT Championships.

Rob Austin and Hunter Abbott
Credit: Phil Laughton Photography

Abbott has already had his first taste of the turbocharged, 300bhp, 2-litre Audi A4 that he will race for Rob Austin Racing in 2014 with a test session at the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire last Thursday.

“Watching the BTCC in the Nineties is what made me want to race in the first place," he said. "Racing in the BTCC is the realisation of part of a childhood dream and finally I’ve got an 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 and I’m pleased with how it went. Rob and I shared a car in 2008 in British GT and we like the same things. The power delivery in a turbo car took some getting used to but I immediately felt at home in the Audi.

“I’m very excited about having Hunter in the team," added Rob, "particularly having seen how quickly he got into the groove at Rockingham in less than ideal track conditions. He's driven for me in the past and always been very rapid. All the team are immediately very impressed with his approach and we’re looking forward to the season together.”