Here at 123 we are always looking for new and exciting opportunities, so when the opportunity came for us to sponsor the BTCC Handy Motorsport team, we couldn’t really say no!
For those of you that might not know, The British Touring Car Championship is one of the best-loved, most illustrious and famous motor racing championships in the world. Only Formula 1 and America’s NASCAR stock car series have longer histories – since its inception in 1958 it has attracted and captivated millions of fans around the world.
A little about Rob…
“Rob Austin has rapidly become one of the most popular drivers in the BTCC. His career began in single-seaters, as the Evesham-based ace enjoyed great success in the Formula Renault and British F3 championships in the late 1990s.
Austin switched to the BTCC in 2011 with his family-run Rob Austin Racing outfit. His NGTC Audi A4 immediately made an impact, and he scored a podium in his first season at Rockingham. Two years later, the same circuit served as the scene for an emotional breakthrough BTCC victory for Rob and his Audi – affectionately dubbed ‘Sherman’ by his ever-growing army of fans.
2014 saw Austin increase his winning tally with another triumph – again at his favourite hunting ground of Rockingham. The rostrum eluded Rob in 2015, despite notching up 12 top ten finishes. For 2016, he switches to front-wheel drive for the first time in the BTCC as he leads the attack for Handy Motorsport in a Toyota Avensis.”
Most recently… Handy Motorsport continued its excellent form in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship during the annual visit to Knockhill in Scotland over the weekend, 13th/14th August, with Rob Austin taking a best result of sixth place in the third and final contest – second in the Independents Trophy.
So why the BTCC?
Almost everyone at the office is into cars in some way, it’s perfect. It’s great being able to go and watch the BTCC live, we love the atmosphere, not to mention it’s pretty cool having your logo on a Race car. The fact it’s on TV is just a bonus!
The next race is on the 28th August at Rockingham and the 123 team will be there showing our support… but if you can’t make it, don’t worry, it’s all on ITV. We wish Rob and the team the best of luck at Rockingham, hopefully we can have a repeat of Snetterton!