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Collard wins third Knockhill race

BTCC News | Sun 24th August 2014

The final race at Knockhill had a lot to live up to after two thrilling displays earlier on in the day. It didn't disappoint, delivering yet another first win of the season – this time for eBay Motors' Rob Collard.

By Matt Lamprell

Collard’s eBay Motors teammate Nick Foster started the race from pole position after drawing his own number 10 to form the reverse grid. He led away from the line, ahead of the experienced Fabrizio Giovanardi.

Collard started sixth, but was quickly past Adam Morgan, Tom Ingram and Dave Newsham to move up to third. He then passed Giovanardi at the hairpin on lap two, leaving just Foster in front of him.

Colin Turkington’s recovery following his first race disappointment continued into race three. As he worked his way forward from seventh on the grid, it looked as though a BMW 1-2-3 might be on the cards. However, Dave Newsham had other ideas.

At the front, it took Collard until lap eight to pass Foster. Once he lost the lead, Foster found himself dropping backwards, behind Newsham and Tom Ingram. He then lost a further place, to the benefit of teammate Turkington. Turkington then found a way past Ingram, to go third, taking Foster back past the Toyota at the same time.

The remainder of the race saw Collard comfortable at the front, while Turkington spent the final five laps hot on the heels of Newsham. The Inverness racer was determined to hold on to second place and despite Turkington’s best efforts, he was able to do just that.

Turkington was kept on his toes by Foster, with contact between the two eBay BMWs probably giving team boss Dick Bennetts something of a scare in the closing stages.

When it came to the chequered flag, Collard took the win – his first since Knockhill in 2012. Newsham finished second, ahead of Turkington and Foster. Andrew Jordan was fifth, ahead of Shedden, Adam Morgan and Alain Menu. Tom Ingram and Jason Plato completed the top ten.

After taking the win, Rob Collard said, “We’ve shown lots of promise this year so it’s great to get a win. I got a cracking start. I managed to get on between a couple of cars and it went from there. The soft tyre definitely helped me in that race.”

Dave Newsham said, “I wasn’t going to make it easy for them to pass me. It’s a great result for the team. It’s taken a while for everything to gel, but it’s coming together. We really needed that. I know this place well and it’s always been good to me.”

Colin Turkington said, “Dave [Newsham] was driving really well. There was only so much I was prepared to risk. Nick was really fast and it’s every man for himself out there. It’s a great day for the eBay team – I’m really pleased for Rob to get the win.”

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