British Touring Car Championship race winner Rob Collard says he enjoys the experience of racing on the same weekends as his son in 2014, Ricky Collard already a podium finisher in the BTCC-supporting MSA British Formula Ford Championship and a Scholarship class championship contender after 15 races.
Ricky began his first full season in car racing in fine style with fourth place and a podium finish during the opening pair of races at Brands Hatch’s triple-header, his best results of the year so far for Falcon Motorsport who also lead the Teams’ championship and Drivers’ championship with team-mate Harrison Scott.
Veteran touring car racer Rob has kept a gleeful eye on the progress of his son during the opening 15 races of Ricky’s season alongside his BTCC duties for West Surrey Racing, and enjoys the family distraction from his regular racing during the TOCA weekends.
“It’s really good actually”, said the seven-time BTCC race winner to The Checkered Flag during the summer break. “I am a very proud to have gone racing at the same venues that he is.”
Rob himself lies fifth in the BTCC standings after a strong first half to his 2014 campaign with WSR and their improving BMW 125i, but remained focused also towards aiding the progress of his son in preparation for the second half of the season, Ricky having tested at Anglesey recently for Falcon.
Ricky lies ninth overall in the championship during a learning maiden season in Formula Ford, but a more comfortable second in the Scholarship class standings and 51 points adrift of class leader, Ashley Sutton, who won round 14 of the championship overall for Jamun Racing.
Three class wins leave Ricky still in hot pursuit despite a run of misfortunes most recently, Sutton holding six wins to his name with 15 races still remaining including a Croft hat-trick – where Collard was unlucky to be involved in a three-car incident that ruined his latest weekend.
Father Rob commented on the fortunes of Ricky in the opening five rounds, adding: “Unfortunately for Ricky, the last few rounds haven’t been particularly strong and we’re working very hard with his team to rectify that and he’s testing as we speak at Anglesey to try and find the performance the car had.
“It’s a little bit frustrating for him and for me to not be watching him at the front where he feels he can be, as he knows he has the ability to be as a front-running driver.
“I want him to have a strong second half to the year and I’m really looking forward it because it’s great to watch him.”
The Collards next take their respective championship fights to Snetterton circuit this weekend (2/3 August), where the second half of their 30-race campaigns resume.
You can also read what Rob Collard told The Checkered Flag about his BTCC season so far here.