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Rob Collard and Team BMW target BTCC lead

Team BMW are aiming to take the lead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend as the series reaches its halfway point at the demanding Croft Circuit.

Hampshireman Rob Collard is the only driver to have finished on the podium at every BTCC race weekend this year and was victorious on his past two visits to Croft in 2015 and ‘16.

He heads to North Yorkshire second in the Drivers’ Championship as the only driver to have scored points in every race, but will carry 66kg success ballast into the weekend, making his BMW the second-heaviest car in the field.

Rob said: “It’s been a very strong season so far and we’re second in the championship with a lot more points than at this stage of the 2016 season. I’m the only driver to score a podium at every event so far and we’ve tended to have two very good finishes each weekend, which has served us very well. It’s important to score big this weekend as Croft is a track where WSR have been very strong in the past and where I’ve won in each of the past two years, but we seem to be closer than ever before at the non-BMW circuits, so I genuinely think we can win anywhere.”

BTCC Drivers' Championship after 4/10 rounds

1. Gordon Shedden 157pts
2. Rob Collard 141
3. Tom Ingram 132
4. Colin Turkington 126
5. Matt Neal 124