Rob Collard has been a BTCC mainstay for more than a decade, after starting out his career in hot-rods and single-seaters. Third place in the Vauxhall Sri V6 Championship in 1999 precipitated a full-time tin-top switch, and the Hampshireman’s maiden BTCC campaign in 2000 yielded fourth position in the Class B standings.
A couple of troubled seasons in the Production Class with his own Collard Racing team followed, allied to a handful of outings in the FIA European Touring Car Championship, before a breakthrough was achieved in 2003 with Independents’ Cup glory in a Vauxhall Astra Coupé – in front of a number of better-funded rivals. After a less successful campaign in 2004, Collard moved to West Surrey Racing in 2005 in an MG ZS, claiming two outright victories and remaining with the squad as it morphed into Team RAC in 2006.
A difficult year in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2007 prompted a BTCC return in 2008 with Motorbase Performance, with Collard tallying a brace of triumphs in 2009 en route to sixth spot in the classification. In 2010, he rejoined WSR and has remained there ever since, winning three times in 2012 as he sped to fifth in the title chase, his best finish to-date. In 2015, Rob matched that victory tally, but greater inconsistency restricted him to tenth in the points. He embarks upon his seventh successive season with WSR in 2016.
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Date of Birth: 1 October 1968
Place of Birth: Frimley, Surrey
Lives: Eversley, Hampshire
Team: Team JCT600 with GardX
Car: BMW 125i M Sport
BTCC Debut: Oulton Park, 29 May 2000
* BTCC Races includes 38 races in Production classBTCC Races: 417
2003 BTCC Independent Cup winner