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'Magical' first win for Austin
11:40am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
ROB Austin’s stock continues to rise in the British Touring Car Championship after he secured his maiden victory.
The Evesham driver won the second race at Rockingham in Northamptonshire as well as finishing third in race one and ninth in the third in his WIX Racing Audi A4.
It followed on from his heroics in Knockhill in Scotland last month, where he managed to secure two podium places, and moves him up to ninth in the standings.
He said: “It was just an awesome day for everyone in the WIX Racing team.
“This is the absolute top level of motorsport in the land and the incredible effort we’ve put in behind the scenes is now starting to pay off. The first win is just magical and I’ll admit there were a lot of emotions in the car on the last lap when I think of the commitment from all the people involved, but boy has it been worth it.
“Coming back into parc ferme and seeing the smiles and tears on people’s faces is a memory I’ll treasure forever.
“We need to carry this momentum over into the final two fixtures on the calendar.
“The drivers embroiled in the title fight, who have quite a bit more to lose, will know that we now really mean business when we’re out on track.”
The Championship’s penultimate meeting of 10 is at Silverstone on Sunday, September 29, before the season finale at Brands Hatch on Sunday, October 13.
Austin added: “We’re a real threat and will be going to Silverstone and Brands Hatch fully intent on more wins.”
Andrew Jordan is the new championship leader after winning the other two races at Rockingham and is now 30 points ahead of Gordon Shedden in second.
Shedden’s Honday Yuasa Racing team-mate, Matt Neal, endured a torrid day without a podium place as he dropped from the top of the standings to fourth. Neal, who is now 34 points behind Jordan and a point adrift of third-placed Colin Turkington, was 14th in the first race, failed to finish the second and was seventh in the last.
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