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Rob Collard still 5th in Championship after huge smash at Silverstone

Rob Collard made strong progress from 21st on the grid in Race One but suffered broken steering when hit by another car at two-thirds distance.

Having run onto wet grass, Rob spun backwards across the track at high speed and was collected heavily by Will Burns.

Rob was examined at the Silverstone Medical Centre and the John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford and was released sore, but uninjured.

He took no further part in the day’s activities and lies fifth in the Drivers’ Championship.

Rob said: “It’s hugely disappointing to end a weekend in this way, and I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened if the driving standards in the middle of the field had been better. I ended up off the track because of two cars leaning on each other too heavily and I’ve had a big accident through no fault of my own that leaves the team with a huge job to ready a car for me for Brands Hatch. Fortunately I’m sore, but otherwise OK. I’d like to thank Dr Trafford and the Silverstone medical team as well as the staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital for looking after me and to wish Will Burns a speedy recovery from his injuries sustained in our incident.”