Rob Collard

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Rob Collard
Rob collard brandshatch2014.JPG
Nationality  British
Born (1968-10-01) 1 October 1968 (age 46)
Frimley (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2000
Current team eBay Motors
Car no. 10
Former teams Motorbase Performance
GR Asia
Collard Racing
Bintcliffe Sport
Starts 356
Wins 8
Poles 0
Fastest laps 12
Best finish 5th in 2012
Previous series
2007
2002
1999
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
ETCC
British Formula Ford

Robert Collard (born 1 October 1968) is an auto racing driver from Hampshire, best known for racing in the British Touring Car Championship, winning two races in a West Surrey Racing MG, and claiming the Independent's Cup title in 2003. In 2008 he returned to running the series full-time, driving for the Motorbase Performance team, where he remained for 2009, before returning to West Surrey Racing. Collard also owns his own demolition firm, R Collard Ltd.

Career[edit]

For many years he raced hot rods, only switching to circuit racing in his late 20s. He raced Formula Ford for 3 years, winning the 1998 Formula Ford Festival. However, as most drives in Formula 3 and higher went to younger drivers, he turned his attention to saloon based racing, coming 3rd in the Vauxhall SRi V6 championship.

Collard driving the Team RAC-run MG ZS at the Brands Hatch round of the 2006 British Touring Car Championship.

In 2000 the British Touring Car Championship launched Class B, featuring lower-powered but cheaper cars, to fill its relatively thin grid. Rob took up this opportunity, and finished 4th overall in his class. He only raced a partial season in the renamed Production Class in 2001, concentrating on preparing a Renault Clio for a full assault on the Production Class in 2002 with his own Collard Racing team.

The season was a disaster however. Engine reliability and lasting performance was low, and a victory and a 2nd in the opening meeting proved to be a false dawn, as the small team struggled to get working machinery to the races,[1] and he was outside the championship top 10.[2] He also contested 6 ETCC races in a Nissan Primera for RJN Motorsport that year.

Collard driving at Croft during the 2008 British Touring Car Championship season.

Undeterred, Rob redoubled his efforts for 2003, moving up to the main Touring Class with a Vauxhall Astra.[3] He beat several better-funded teams and drivers to win the Independent's Cup, and finished 10th overall ahead of several 'works' drivers.[4] For 2004 there were less works teams, with MG pulling out and Honda scaling down to only one car. As a result more competitive cars had independent status. Collard Racing had no realistic hope of matching Anthony Reid's independent MG or Matt Neal's Honda, and finished 6th in the Indy cup and 12th overall.

In 2005 Rob replaced Reid in West Surrey Racing's MG, concentrating purely on racing rather than team ownership. This was his most competitive season to date, with 2 outright wins and 7th place overall. For 2006 he was joined in the team by Colin Turkington under WSR's new guise "Team RAC". This time he finished 9th overall with a single podium.

Collard's heavy-handed tactics often come under criticism from fellow drivers and teams, as well as numerous fans of the series. It is believed that Rob's racing licence amassed 9 points in the 2006 season, just three short of a ban from racing. Fellow drivers have often spoken out about his lack of driving standards, one going as far as to describe him as a "rock-ape" at a 2006 meeting.

In 2007 Collard had no BTCC drive, instead contesting the early rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup UK, achieving little success in these big difficult-to-control rear-wheel-drive cars. He contested the final round of the BTCC for GR Asia, and returned full-time in 2008 in a Motorbase BMW. At Croft he scored their best-ever result in 4th, after he and team-mate Steven Kane ran 3rd and 4th for a while. The team had worked on damper settings before the meeting. For 2009 Collard and Jonathan Adam race Motorbase's BMWs. He won two races early on in 2009 at the opening round at Brands Hatch and at Donington Park. He came close to adding a third at Snetterton, before contact with James Nash saw him spin across the track into the path of Stephen Jelley, resulting in a huge collision. Collard complained of abdominal pain and was taken to hospital, while Nash was excluded from the results. He then suffered another big incident at the Next round at Knockhill when he and Matt Neal collided after Matt Neal lost control of car. Blighted by incidents and 'DNFs' through the second half of the season Rob Collard was unable to match the form of the first half of the season but still ended up 6th in the BTCC drivers championship, his best performance in the BTCC so far.

For 2010 Collard returned to West Surrey Racing, replacing reigning champion Colin Turkington who had failed to raise the necessary budget.

Personal[edit]

Rob's family starred in an episode of Channel 4's Wife Swap, shown during October 2006. He has told ITV's BTCC coverage that his hero was the late Colin McRae, and his ambition is to win the World Touring Car Championship.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 2000–2002 all races, 2003–present just in first race, 2000–2003 in class) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – 2001–present all races, 2000–2003 in class) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point given – 2003–present all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pen. Pos Pts
2000 Bintcliffe Sport Nissan Primera B BRH
1

BRH
2

DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
THR
1

DNS
THR
2

DNS
KNO
1

KNO
2

OUL
1

12
OUL
2

11
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

Ret
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

8
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

9
DON
1

14
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

12
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
4th 81
2001 Collard Racing Renault Clio 172 P BRH
1

6
BRH
2

DNS
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

NC
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

DNS
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

Ret
MON
1

Ret
MON
2

DNS
DON
1

11
DON
2

Ret
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

8
SNE
1

5
SNE
2

Ret
CRO
1

DNS
CRO
2

DNS
OUL
1

DNS
OUL
2

DNS
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

Ret
DON
1

DNS
DON
2

DNS
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

Ret
-5 13th 46
2002 Collard Racing Renault Clio 172 P BRH
1

7
BRH
2

9
OUL
1

DNS
OUL
2

DNS
THR
1

DNS
THR
2

DNS
SIL
1

14
SIL
2

Ret
MON
1

MON
2

CRO
1

DNS
CRO
2

DNS
SNE
1

SNE
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

DON
1

DON
2

-5 12th 34
2003 Collard Racing Vauxhall Astra Coupé T MON
1

6
MON
2

7
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

Ret
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

9
ROC
1

7
ROC
2

5
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

8
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

6
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
DON
1

9*
DON
2

16
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

7
10th 42
2004 Collard Racing Vauxhall Astra Coupé THR
1

11
THR
2

5
THR
3

8
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

15
BRH
3

15
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

13
SIL
3

DNS
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

4
MON
1

13
MON
2

11
MON
3

Ret
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

9
KNO
1

8
KNO
2

11
KNO
3

Ret
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

9
SNE
1

7
SNE
2

9
SNE
3

11
DON
1

13
DON
2

8
DON
3

7
12th 44
2005 West Surrey Racing MG ZS DON
1

4
DON
2

2
DON
3

4
THR
1

5
THR
2

11
THR
3

Ret
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

Ret
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

4
OUL
3

4*
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

4
CRO
3

5
MON
1

5
MON
2

4
MON
3

3
SNE
1

5
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

12
KNO
1

9
KNO
2

9
KNO
3

1*
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

2*
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

1*
7th 173
2006 Team RAC MG ZS BRH
1

7
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

DSQ
MON
1

Ret
MON
2

10
MON
3

Ret
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

5
OUL
3

4
THR
1

5
THR
2

3
THR
3

6
CRO
1

5
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

10
DON
1

9
DON
2

13
DON
3

Ret
SNE
1

11
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

7
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

6
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

7
9th 97
2007 GR Asia SEAT León BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

ROC
3

THR
1

THR
2

THR
3

CRO
1

CRO
2

CRO
3

OUL
1

OUL
2

OUL
3

DON
1

DON
2

DON
3

SNE
1

SNE
2

SNE
3

BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

THR
1

11
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

10
27th 1
2008 Motorbase Performance BMW 320si BRH
1

12
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

11
ROC
1

13
ROC
2

12
ROC
3

8
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

14
THR
2

14
THR
3

11
CRO
1

5
CRO
2

4
CRO
3

Ret*
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

9
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

8
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

6
KNO
3

2
SIL
1

16
SIL
2

9
SIL
3

7
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

6
12th 84
2009 Airwaves BMW BMW 320si BRH
1

4*
BRH
2

1*
BRH
3

8
THR
1

17
THR
2

5
THR
3

5
DON
1

4
DON
2

9
DON
3

1*
OUL
1

9
OUL
2

DNS
OUL
3

4
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

4
CRO
3

7
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

Ret*
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

12
KNO
3

Ret
SIL
1

6*
SIL
2

9
SIL
3

2*
ROC
1

4
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

Ret
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

Ret
6th 145
2010 WSR BMW 320si THR
1

Ret
THR
2

9
THR
3

Ret*
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

2
ROC
3

6
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

4
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

15
OUL
3

8
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

8
CRO
3

17
SNE
1

10
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

2
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

12
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

6
DON
1

16
DON
2

7
DON
3

2
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

6
8th 144
2011 WSR BMW 320si BRH
1

17
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

7
DON
1

6
DON
2

5
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

12
THR
2

14
THR
3

13
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

3
OUL
3

14
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

3
SNE
1

23
SNE
2

10
SNE
3

12
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

5
KNO
3

2
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

10
ROC
3

3
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

22
BRH
3

Ret
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

23
SIL
3

23
8th 108
2012 eBay Motors BMW 320si BRH
1

1*
BRH
2

6*
BRH
3

6*
DON
1

10*
DON
2

8
DON
3

4
THR
1

4
THR
2

7
THR
3

7
OUL
1

3*
OUL
2

14*
OUL
3

6
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

5
CRO
3

5
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

NC
SNE
3

9
KNO
1

1*
KNO
2

1*
KNO
3

9
ROC
1

5
ROC
2

11
ROC
3

13
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

3
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

19
5th 303
2013 eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

15
DON
2

12
DON
3

12
THR
1

13
THR
2

13
THR
3

15
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

NC
OUL
3

11
CRO
1

9
CRO
2

6
CRO
3

14
SNE
1

10
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

9
KNO
1

6
KNO
2

4
KNO
3

3
ROC
1

7
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

12
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

14
BRH
3

8
13th 140
2014 eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport BRH
1

6
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

4*
DON
1

4
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

7
THR
1

5
THR
2

3
THR
3

10
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

3
OUL
3

11
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

3
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

18
SNE
3

6
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

5
KNO
3

1*
ROC
1

11
ROC
2

9
ROC
3

6
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

DNS
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

3*
BRH
3

Ret
-3 6th 275

* Season in progress.

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Pts
2002 RJN Motorsport Nissan Primera MAG
1

MAG
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

BRN
1

BRN
2

JAR
1

JAR
2

AND
1

AND
2

OSC
1

OSC
2

SPA
1

SPA
2

PER
1

Ret
PER
2

DNS
DON
1

14
DON
2

12
EST
1

10
EST
2

12
27th 0

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Pts
2007 Team Parker Racing Porsche 911 GT3 BRH
1

7
BRH
2

12
ROC
1

6
ROC
2

6
THR
1

7
THR
2

7
CRO
1

CRO
2

OUL
1

OUL
2

DON
1

DON
2

SNE
1

SNE
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

THR
1

THR
2

12th 56

References[edit]

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