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Hollands BTCC hopes

As confirmed by Team HARD boss Tony Gilham at the recent Dunlop tyre test, American Robb Holland will drive the squad's second Vauxhall Insignia at Snetterton this weekend (3/4 August).

It is not the first time Holland has driven in the championship – he debuted at the same circuit for Team HARD last year and contested six races in the S2000 Honda Civic. At this stage the Snetterton round is the only one Holland plans to contest, however the driver from Denver, Colorado, is hopeful for more BTCC action in the future.

He said, “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."

Holland has been out testing the NGTC specification car ahead of this weekend, and said, "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!”

Despite the fact there are no concrete plans to contest a full season in the BTCC, Holland is hopeful that his current tin-top squad Rotek Racing will consider an effort in the UK’s premier motor sport series. He concluded, "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. 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."

Team boss Gilham is hopeful that Holland’s experience around Snetterton will yield the team some strong results, with top ten finishes the aim for the weekend. He commented, “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."

You can find out how the American racer gets on against all the regular BTCC drivers by tuning in to ITV4 from 11:15 on Sunday.

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