PERFECT 10: ROB COLLARD (5/10)
Team JCT600 with GardX man Rob Collard was winner number five of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign with victory in round five at Donington Park, and doubling up with another at Croft.
Collard became the fifth different winner in as many races after making a late move for victory in the second contest at Donington Park but that possibility looked some way off with the West Surrey Racing driver starting from sixth on the grid.
He blasted up to third on the first lap, but had to wait until lap 12 to make further ground as Tom Ingram defended valiantly. Collard passed the Toyota Avensis with a tidy move at the final chicane and he immediately set about hunting down Mat Jackson’s Ford Focus, which had led from the start. He eventually hauled in the ballast-laden Focus and the two cars ran side-by-side on the exit of Coppice in the closing stages, with Jackson having to concede going into the Esses.
His second win came at Croft after Subaru’s Colin Turkington and Jason Plato clashed while battling for the lead. Plato tagged Turkington’s Levorg at mid-distance, sending both cars sliding wide, as the WSR duo of Jack Goff and Rob Collard looked on.
Team IHG Rewards Club’s Goff hesitated in the melee but Collard needed no second invitation as he blasted from fourth to first in the blink of an eye and there he stayed.
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