For the first time in his BTCC career, fan favourite Rob Austin finds himself driving someone else’s car: the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

With pre-season testing blighted by weather, the recent season launch event at Donington Park was Rob’s first real chance to get his head around the new car, the first front-wheel-drive car he’s raced 12 years. Only Motors’ roving BTCC reporter, Lewis Maundrell, was there and asked Rob how the car is shaping up and what he hopes to achieve during the year.