Rob Collard Leads BTCC Points Race
Rob Collard leapt to the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings with a superb set of results in front of his home crowd at Thruxton this weekend.
Hampshire hero Rob’s race-two podium and pair of sixth-placed finishes helped him climb from fourth place in the championship to take a share of the points lead with Matt Neal.
Rob’s heroics at his home circuit began in race one. After a disappointing qualifying session, which left him 18th on the grid, he carved through the field to finish sixth, despite carrying 48kg of success ballast.
He then took the runner-up spot in race two – less than half a second from victory – and added another sixth place in the final encounter of the day.
Rob said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be leading the championship – and at my home circuit as well. After a disappointing qualifying session, we started the opening race from 18th place with a lot of making up to do, but we changed a lot of things overnight and the BMW was just superb all day. To climb to sixth in race one – even with 48kg of ballast on board was a really great result, and then to follow it up with second is even better. We’ve surpassed expectations on a couple of circuits which haven't been our strongest in previous years, and now we head to Oulton Park and Croft, which really are good circuits for the BMW. I think we can really push on and continue to fight for wins and podiums.”
The BTCC next travels to Oulton Park in Cheshire on June 4-5.