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BTCC's Rob Collard: "I love Snetterton"

Thursday, July 25 2013

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship veteran Rob Collard is optimistic that the next round at Snetterton (3/4 August) will coincide with an upturn in fortune for him. The series regular was the top S2000 runner last year and just missed out on a place in the title showdown at Brands Hatch.

Since then Collard has helped develop the new eBay Motors BMW 1-Series NGTC car into a front-running machine but so far only team mate Colin Turkington has reaped the benefits.

"It's been a very tough season so far," Rob confessed. "But the car's been improving dramatically every time we get in it, so that's a positive thing. It's quite challenging, but I'm genuinely happy: the car is good and fantastic to drive, it's great to be back in the team, and we just have to look forward to the second half of the season."

He also sees the benefits that his new team mate brings: "Colin's a top guy, and it's nice to have him back again. He's done a fantastic job and we're good mates on and off the track, so I'm not too fussed at the moment, I'm sure it will come. Working with Nick Foster again too as he's a great team mate."

Rob's optimism is helped by the Norfolk circuit's nature, which is expected to favour the rear-wheel-drive BMWs. "Snetterton now is a very challenging circuit," he said. "You've got twelve individual corners here on the 300, so it's a very technical track and with this there's quite high tyre wear, so we're hoping that if it's warm, then the front-wheel-drive cars will suffer and the BMW will come on strong at the end of the race.

"I love Snetterton, it's nice to come up here, it's a great part of the country and it's a good circuit. It's like learning to ride a bike again when you come here, because the track is different. When you've done thousands and thousands of laps here in all the junior championships for the amount of years I've been racing, you come here and it's changed. It's a big challenge, and a great circuit, what Jonathan Palmer has done is fantastic, and it's a privilege to come up here and drive on it."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton 300 on 3/4 August are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.