Rob Collard back in action with eBay Motors for season finale at Brands Hatch
Despite the verocity of a high-speed accident at Silverstone, last time out (27-28 Sept) Rob and eBay Motors are delighted to be back on track at Brands Hatch in Kent this weekend.
Rob was airlifted to the Walsgrove Hospital in Coventry for precautionary checks after his BMW 125i was barrel-rolled off the circuit before finally landing onto its roof. A collision between Gordon Shedden and Jack Clarke resulted in Rob’s accident, which saw the race immediately red flagged. Fortunately, Rob sustained no serious injuries but was badly bruised after the incident.
However, it has been a frantic couple of weeks for West Surrey Racing who has been working flat out to repair the car in time so that Rob can contest this weekend’s season finale.
Said Rob, “I was bracing myself for what was to come. My natural instinct was to just hang on. The marshals got to the car very quickly and got me out, they did a great job, as did the entire medical team. It’s a testament to West Surrey Racing and the NGTC rules in the BTCC that these cars are very very safe. It was a huge incident, and I can tell you it hurt. I was struggling for breath because I was winded so that was a worry, but the medical team put my mind at rest straight away.”
Rob is currently lying sixth in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Drivers’ Championship standings ahead of the final meeting of the season. “It would be nice to get back into the top five in the standings to finish the season on a positive note after all the hard work we have put in this year. I have very much enjoyed being part of the eBay Motors and West Surrey Racing team, the whole team have done an outstanding job and I want to do my best for them. We have had a really positive year, my team-mate Colin Turkington is very much in contention for the championship and the BMW has just been a great car to race. Brands Hatch is like my home event so I am looking forward to the support that I always get there.”