American driver Robb Holland will race for Tony Gilham’s Team HARD for the next two rounds of the British Touring Car Championship in the team’s Honda Civic, and becomes the first US driver to compete in the series in 40 years.
Holland has most recently been competing in the leading American touring car series, the Pirelli World Challenge, racing for the KPAX Volvo team in 2011 before beginning the 2012 season in a Compass360 Racing Honda Civic.
This will be Holland’s first time racing in the UK, and the Denver-based driver will get to experience the Snetterton 300 and Knockhill for his first motorsport outings on UK soil.
“I’m really looking forward to running in the BTCC with Tony and his team,” said Holland. “I’ve been a huge fan of the series since the super touring car days back in the ‘’90s. In fact it was my infatuation with the BTCC that got me into racing in the first place. I’ve always looked at the racing in the BTCC as the top touring car racing in the world, with some of the best drivers, cars and racing.”
“I’ve got a bit of an uphill battle to be competitive and run at the front. Tracks I’ve never driven on and a new team to work with. But I think the biggest challenge for me will be racing a right hand drive car for the first time. Just running laps shouldn’t be an issue but going door to door in the race will present a challenge as I’m use to having the mass of the car off my right side not my left. I’m sure after a few sessions though I’ll have it sorted out on track but I think the team is already placing bets on how many times I try to get in the car from the wrong side.”