It has been more than a decade since Audi has participated in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) but in 2011, the Audi A4 is set to return. Private race team Rob Austin Racing will enter two Audi A4s in the BTCC.
These cars will be made to the championship's all-new Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) technical regulations.
Initial testing is expected to begin in March and the team hopes to confirm drivers in January. Austin, a British Formula Three race winner, believes "that the Audi will be a race winner.”
These NGTC regulations are designed to dramatically cut the running costs for teams that participate in the BTCC but with the cars bearing the same performance as with its current equipment. The Toyota Avensis is one such car that will be manufactured to meet NGTC regulations.
According to series director Alan Gow, Rob Austin’s team will raise the number of manufacturers represented on its grid to nine. Gow added that as the Audi name is “synonymous” with touring car racing, as an independent entry, “it will be terrific to see its badge return to our paddock.”
In 1996, an Audi A4 driven by Frank Biela won the BTCC. It was last seen in the race in 1998.