Hampshire racer just half a second away from pole
Rob Collard lines his Collard Racing Astra up 11th on the grid for tomorrow’s round 19 of the 2004 Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship at Scotland’s Knockhill circuit. The short 1.3-mile track meant times were close in the 30-minute session, and Rob’s Vauxhall Astra set a time just half a second away from the pole position time.
With times as tight as the Scottish circuit’s hairpin, Rob was pleased with his performance on the sun-drenched track.
“That was hard work – but rewarding,” said Rob. “We made quite a few changes to the car which have improved it from Free Practice this morning, and though there are still a few things to change – I feel we have a good race set-up now.
“I knew it would be close round here, bit not this close! To have the first dozen or so cars all within half a second of the best time is unbelievable, and where we are on the grid puts us in the right ‘window’ to earn a good start in the second race.
“I had a slight engine problem right at the end of the session and the guys are now pulling the engine out, but it’s nothing serious, and it has happened at a point in the weekend where we have time to deal with it. Overall it has been a productive day, we have done lots of laps, I’m half a second off pole, and a couple of tenths off the works cars.”
Round 19, the first of tomorrow’s (Sunday August 8th) three BTCC races, is scheduled for 11.20am. In race two, the top ten finishers from the first race line up in reverse order – so a tenth place finish for Rob in round 19 will see him start from pole position two and half hours later.