British Touring Car Championship 2011

Rob Austin Racing Brilliant 2011 For Audi Come Back to BTCC
By Tarek Ramchani
Audi came back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2011. 13 years after the full factory effort from Audi Sport UK, with the 1996 title for Frank Biela as a highlight. This time however it was an all privateer effort, Rob Austin Racing built 2 brand new Audi A4 for the new BTCC technical rules NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car), that should replace the Super 2000 regulations in the British series.
 
On its debut the car struggled a lot. Being unreliable and even failed to take part of Brands Hatch’s season opener. But meeting after meeting the A4 NGTC improved a lot, and sometimes it fought for top spots. Rob Austin, the team owner and driver at the same time, set a great race 3 at Rockingham round. Finishing 2nd close to the winning car. Far ahead of the top guns of the series from Honda, Chevrolet and Ford all of them being factory supported. That was the best result for the team in 2011. A great performance that lead these teams complaining about the speed of full NGTC cars. Calling to slow them down. A even with that the Audi A4 did well again at Silverstone for the finale. A strong performance in race 3, being the fastest car on track. At the final rounds, Rob Austin Racing added a 2nd Audi A4 NGTC for youngster and rookie Chris Swanwick.
 
Audi is back to one of the most demanding touring car series in the world, the A4 NGTC did great on its debut, the team improved a lot, so expect an even better 2012 season, as Rob Austing Racing is set to join again with a  2 cars effort, and let’s hope for some support from Audi UK for them.

Teams’ Championship

PosTeamBHIDONTHROULCROSNEKNOROCBHGPSILPts
1Honda Racing Team6211371151621163142144161871118464
Ret74DSQ6Ret2268Ret454718177325632119822210
2Silverline Chevrolet115994107121114Ret81337710145116572295
5131618Ret6Ret88351814Ret1124512RetRet1215113RetRetRet94
3888 Racing with
Collins Contractors
24632386442128115526681596146331311203
8109158Ret1110914Ret13Ret1212Ret13151013Ret   111817161517
4Team Aon38844Ret441291067698811146111118534431192
1112151411Ret1613Ret171571191391213141181312Ret757987
5Airwaves Racing4325101652159125166119Ret16101613225151413183
Ret181813Ret9141715Ret18Ret18Ret161714RetRetRetRet16Ret19121212202618
6WSR12976510121413539322131095525538101082316156
17141412RetRet1516176814137323111211109Ret10121022Ret13Ret23
7Pirtek Racing96132123371043634119149971487Ret168755151
1616201013591211RetRet1015Ret14121617161814Ret138DNS2414171625
8GoMobileUK.com with
tech-speed
7538128131114137Ret914177521314Ret274642014201291
141517RetRet11171516RetRetRetRetRetRet19RetRet17RetRet1719221420RetRetRet22
9Special Tuning RacingRetRet107RetRet593121751081010788618Ret10Ret11964383
         RetNC819RetRetRetDNSDNS151211RetRet15Ret1711Ret6Ret
10DynojetRetDNSDNS16NCNCRetDNSRetRet13Ret12RetRet4RetDNS433329Ret13Ret1025955
11Rob Austin RacingDNSDNSDNSRetRet13RetDNSDNSRet1216RetNCRet15Ret10RetRetRet7921314132212624
                        172719Ret18Ret
12AmD Milltek Racing.com13Ret12117Ret7DNS101116DNS17131514Ret16RetRetRet201816221516Ret24159
13Central Group Racing         71115161519Ret1518   DNSDNSDNSRet21Ret1817204
14Welch Automotive               221819NC1612RetRet14RetRetDSQ1110141
15Geoff Steel Racing101111Ret15Ret               1514171523RetRet19191
16Team ES Racing15171917141218Ret18RetRetDNSRetRet1820DNSRet1817171817232025182122240
17Speedworks MotorsportRet19211916Ret   161417   21RetDNS      2126211921Ret0
 Thorney Motorsport                           RetDNSDNS0

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