BTCC & Rob Collard head to Knockhill
Rob Collard heads to Knockhill this weekend for the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship aiming to continue his charge towards the title.
WSR BMW Driver Rob holds first position in the drivers’ championship and is separated by just three points from team mate Sam Tordoff heading into Scotland’s only BTCC event of the year.
With Team JCT600 with GardX leading the teams’ points table and WSR – who run the BMW 125i M Sports from their Sunbury-on-Thames base – at the head of the manufacturer/constructor standings, it has been a super season so far.
Both Rob and Sam aim to continue that run of success north of the border at a circuit that has provided nine BTCC victories for WSR-run cars, although their strong championship positions mean they will carry 75kg and 66kg of success ballast respectively.
Rob, from Hampshire, has special memories of the undulating 1.3-mile venue. He has five Knockhill BTCC victories to his name including his first in the series in 2005 and a double in 2012 – both with WSR.
The Knockhill triple-header on August 13-14 is the seventh of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Every round is screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.
Rob Collard said: “It feels fantastic to be back on top of the drivers’ championship and for Team JCT600 with GardX to be leading the race for the teams’ title with just four rounds to go. Knockhill is a very special track for me because it’s where I took my first BTCC win – with WSR – in 2005 and I also had a double victory there in 2012. We know it’s a track where the BMW should shine with lots of areas where its excellent traction should allow really strong pace. Of course leading the championship means carrying 75kg of ballast, and this will make qualifying and Race One tough, but we’ve proven at other circuits that we can race our way to the front regardless of the circumstances.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “To get within half a lap of victory at Snetterton – a track we’ve never had a great deal of success at – was extremely pleasing and now we head to Knockhill, which has been one of our best circuits traditionally, aiming to strengthen our championship position. Although we’ve won BTCC titles before, this is the first time we’ve had two drivers in the hunt so far into the season, and that’s a testament not only to how well Rob and Sam have driven, but also to the hard work the whole team has put in to make the BMWs such consistently quick cars.