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Rob Collard: “I can’t wait to get to Snetterton”

Friday, July 25 2014

Rob Collard is looking forward to the second half of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, which kicks off at Snetterton next weekend (2/3 August), after strong performances in the opening races.

The eBay Motors stalwart has put memories of a torrid 2013 season firmly behind him with several podium finishes, resulting in a fighting fifth place in the standings. With three former champions behind him in the table, it's been a great half-season for the 45-year-old.

"I'm delighted so far this year on how the season has gone," Rob said. "Five rounds in and we are in a very strong position in the championship and to have five podiums in the last nine races is very pleasing."

Comparing this year's 1-Series to the 2013 version, Rob commented: "I've now got the car working in the manner that I enjoy driving it, whereas last year I couldn't get the balance in the car and that way you can't push to the limit. Now when I make an adjustment to the car I can feel it and it's positive."

The one thing that Rob has yet to do is end a win drought that stretches back to Knockhill in 2012. However he has higher priorities: "We just need to keep continuing what we're doing. We're so close to getting a win but as long as I can keep scoring high points that's really my aim, so that we can finish in the top three in the championship. Getting overall wins is not the be-all and end-all."

It's an approach that Rob displayed to good effect at Croft, refusing to get drawn into a potentially destructive battle with Jason Plato in favour of valuable championship points. He knows that his BMW 1-Series will deliver him many more in the coming races.

"I don't think there's going to be a bad track for us now," he predicted. "Oulton Park surprised us, we didn't go there expecting to be that dominant. Snetterton has not always been that strong a circuit for us in the past, so it's going to be interesting. The nature of the championship this year, where it has been so close, if you have got the right combination you're quick but if you're not 100 per cent there, you could be tenth, or fifteenth. It's that close.

"I remember in 2012 Snetterton wasn't very good for me as we had a problem in qualifying then the engine went in race one, and last year wasn't a particularly strong weekend for us, but I'm looking forward to Snetterton, it's a lovely part of the world and I can't wait to get there."

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