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Rob delights the Hampshire crowd with first 2014 BTCC podium finish

Rob had a successful weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire, scooping up his first podium finish of the year in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

He performed well in Saturday’s qualifying for the first race, setting the eighth fastest overall time in qualifying, ultimately lining up on the fourth row of the grid. A superb start off the line saw Rob move quickly into fifth place, which he held until the flag despite race-long pressure from Jason Plato and the chasing pack behind.

As the lights went out for the second race Rob got a cracking start and was on an absolute charge determined to make his way through the fighting pack to take his first podium of the year to the delight of the supportive Hampshire crowd. The third and final race of the weekend was full of incident and drama from the off. An incident at the first complex shuffled Rob down the order, but he recovered to rejoin the race. It was a close battle during the whole 19 lap race but despite some intense pressure on track and two safety car periods, Rob finished in a respectable points scoring 10th place position.

Rob now lies sixth in the championship standings.

Rob Collard “ To stand on the podium at my home event was just fantastic. It’s been quite a few years since I had one here at Thruxton so today’s result means a lot. To be honest it felt like a win. I could hear and see so much support from the crowd that it really made my day and it was a nice feeling. The final race was really tough, and the close battle on the track was too close at times and I only just managed to hold on. I knew another podium was impossible, but I could push to finish in the points which are important at this stage of the championship.”