Pat Cranham, BTCC correspondent
American racer Robb Holland is set to contest the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for the next two race meetings, starting at Snetterton when the series gets back under way following its summer break in early August. He will also be competing in the series at Knockhill later the same month driving a Honda Civic as prepared by Team HARD.
Holland in joining the series is set to become the first American in 40 years to contest the series, the last believed to be Bill Gubelmann in a Ford Capri in 1975. Holland, from Colorado is a front-runner in North America’s SCCA World Challenge touring car series but is delighted to be joining the series as it continues to grow in the States and said, “The BTCC is very popular in the States, particularly when it's shown on the Speed channel, plus I’ve followed it for some time, I like Tony and the team’s attitude and the opportunity was too good to miss.”
Holland is due to test the car at Snetterton prior to the meeting there in August and finished by saying, “The Snetterton test will help me get used to the parameters of the car and then the race meetings there and at Knockhill will give me a feeling for what the racing is about. This will be a toe-in-the-water exercise, but I’ve talked to Tony and a few other teams and am planning on being in the championship permanently in 2013.”
Team boss and current racer Tony Gilham who achieved his maiden podium earlier in the season at Donington is also expected to be out during the next two events however in what he is remaining tight lipped about as the team currently only have one car, the ex Gordon Shedden works Honda Civic that took him to second in last season’s championship.
Gilham however is more than happy that Holland has chosen Team HARD to begin his BTCC career and said, “We’re very happy that Robb has chosen us for his first BTCC races. Coming over to race in the BTCC might be a bit of a culture shock for him – particularly a place like Knockhill! But Robb is massively experienced in touring cars in the States and is a very exciting addition to our team and the BTCC grid”