For those new to this site, one of our favorite drivers is Robb Holland. He’s been open with us about his journey as a race car driver; and in turn, we are pleased to share his latest achievements. Hat tip to our Kenneth Stouffer for making sure that we know, so that you know.
From Rotek Racing:
Rotek Racing is pleased to announce that their VLN series driver, American Robb Holland will return to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) next weekend, 3rd and 4th August at Snetterton, Norfolk, England. Denver, Co resident Holland has been loaned to Tony Gilham’s Team HARD for the Snetterton meeting and will drive the team’s Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) RCIB Insurance Racing Vauxhall Insignia. For the moment for Robb the Snetterton event is a one-off but it could in time herald a full-time campaign in the BTCC for 2014.
Robb Holland: “I’m really looking forward to returning to the BTCC at Snetterton and particularly so with my friend Tony Gilham’s Team HARD organisation. It’s a great track. I raced there last year with Tony in his S2000 regulation car and while I had a bit of an up and down weekend we both enjoyed the experience of working together and agreed that we’d do it again if we could.”
“I tested the Insignia a couple of weeks ago at Snetterton and again last Friday at Brands Hatch. Even though I only got a few laps in on the Thruxton compound tyres, it was enough to get a feel for the car. The Next Generation Oakley Motorsports-RCIB Insurance Racing Vauxhall Insignia is exciting to drive, quite unlike anything I’ve driven before and I loved it!”
“I’ve said before that I feel that the BTCC is Europe’s premier National touring car series and deservedly gets a lot of international television coverage. It is no secret that Rotek Racing’s World Championship plans for their Ford Focuses are currently being reviewed in light of the recent new regulations announcement by the FIA, and a big reason for doing the Snetterton meeting is to try out an NGTC car under race conditions. Should Rotek’s plans change, a full season next year in the BTCC would be a great alternative and something I would be pushing very hard for them to consider.”
Tony Gilham: “The whole team is absolutely delighted to reacquaint ourselves with Robb once again for Snetterton. He is a big character and a favourite with all at Team HARD. We love working with Robb and after a successful brief outing in the newly built Insignia for the recent tyre test we have high hopes going in to the next race weekend. Robb knowing the track from last year showed very strong pace in only the short run he had and together we’ll be looking to be fighting for some strong top 10 results.”
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was formed in 1958 and is Britain’s most popular motor racing spectacle. Its race season comprises ten events at top circuits across the UK. It is contested by professional racing drivers in competition versions of every day road cars, giving it tremendous public appeal. Some 371,000 watch the BTCC trackside each year. It also receives widespread UK TV exposure on the ITV network with all ten race events broadcast live on ITV4, ITV4 HD and www.itv.com. The BTCC is also broadcast internationally with a good number of countries and regions taking coverage.