Rob Collard feeling very positive for Oulton Park round of BTCC
Team BMW are chasing another landmark result as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship moves on to Oulton Park this weekend.
Having claimed an historic 100th BTCC victory for BMW at Thruxton last time out, the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championship leaders have their sights set on a milestone of their own at the picturesque Cheshire circuit.
Sunbury-on-Thames-based WSR, who run the Team BMW 125i M Sports have won 48 times in the series with the German manufacturer’s cars and taken 148 podium finishes.
Having reached the podium at the picturesque Oulton Park for each of the past 10 seasons, targets are high for the reigning Champion Team and Constructor to reach a pair of hugely significant numbers.
Rob Collard, whose car carries 48kg of ballast, is on a high after his first win of the season at Thruxton promoted him to fourth place in the standings.
Not only was Oulton Park the circuit at which he claimed the BTCC Independents’ crown in 2003, it was also the venue for an astonishing pair of drives last year in which the Hampshireman defied bad luck to overtake 41 cars and set himself up for the year’s Dunlop #ForeverForward prize.
The Oulton triple-header on May 20-21 is the fourth of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.
Rob Collard said: “It was great to score my first win of the year at Thruxton, keep up my record of having been on the podium at every round so far, and improve my position in the fight for the championship. Oulton has usually been a very good circuit for rear-wheel-drive cars and I’m aiming to take advantage of that this weekend. Last year we had an absolutely sensational car in race conditions and I was able to overtake at pretty much any corner, but it was also frustrating that we had some bad luck that kept setting us back every time we made forward progress. I'm feeling very positive.”