22nd October 2012 -

Autotech Academy takes to the track

The Autotech Academy race carThe Autotech Academy race car took to the track this summer with Austen Greenway, Senior Simulation Engineer at Autotech, behind the wheel. Austen, 37, who has been racing for four years, competes in the RGB formula run by the 750 Motor Club. Explains Austen, “RGB stands for Road Going Bike-engined, so these are all kit cars with motorbike engines and they must be nominally capable of passing an MOT – bar emissions – so they have lights, indicators, handbrake and so on.”

The first half of the season went well for Austen and he was on course for a top-three class finish, but a first-corner incident at Anglesey in August almost ended his chances. However, a successful weekend’s racing at Donington in September – achieving second in class in both races – raised him to joint second in class, with only one race remaining.

The final race at Mallory Park in mid-October was set to be a hotly contested battle between Austen and the joint second place driver, with the winner claiming second in class and fourth overall in the championship. Sadly, a dramatic fourth-lap accident involving Austen, the other driver and a third car caused all three vehicles to retire from the race. Some major work was hurriedly undertaken in the pits in time for the final race, in which Austen brought the car safely home in third place to claim second in class for the season – a great result.

The building of a brand-new car for the 2013 season has already started and it will once again be sporting the yellow and blue livery of Autotech Academy. You can follow the action at www.austengreenway.co.uk.