Interview : Collard - Neal's move 'unforgiveable'
Sun 4th April 2010 Rob Collard was leading the third race at Thruxton when Matt Neal made a move from third position that ended with the WSR BMW spinning into the barrier.
By Matt Lamprell
Collard started from pole position for race three after the top nine finishers from race two were reversed to form the grid for race three. He led away from the line with former teammate Steven Kane settling in behind in second.
After the first few laps, third-placed Matt Neal started to close up on the back of Kane and the Civic got into the slipstream of the Airwaves BMW on the run up the hill to the chicane. Neal passed Kane as they switched from the right-hander to the left-hander at the start of the chicane and then came the clash with Collard.
"I knew Matt Neal was around somewhere and battling with Steven", said Collard. "I turned into the chicane and just took a massive impact in the driver's door."
After a frustrating first couple of races earlier in the day, Collard was clearly disappointed at having his hopes of victory dashed and felt that Neal was to blame.
"Matt kept his foot in, kept his foot on the power and he just bulldozed me round until the car spun backwards into the barrier. That's just absolutely unforgiveable."
"Looking at the TV footage, there was absolutely no way he was going to be able to make the second part of the chicane. He had the option to go left and straight-line the chicane. To think that someone with his experience would come from third place an try to overtake the second and first place guys in one corner, the guy's just on a different planet."
"It's just stirring up old feuds that I thought were long finished."
The BTCC's stewards will review the incident at Rockingham in three weeks' time.