Ricky Collard scores podiums as Team BMW enjoy a superb Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship raceday at Silverstone. Starting a career-best second on the Race One grid, Ricky was among the front-runners throughout. The 22-year-old from Eversley, Hampshire, took the chequered flag in third place in what was only his third BTCC event.
He added an equally-impressive fourth in Race Two, despite his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport carrying 57kg success ballast, and added 10th in Race Three on the hard ‘option’ tyre to claim the Jack Sears Trophy as the highest-scoring rookie of the weekend.
Ricky Collard said: “If you’d told me I’d be leaving here with my first podium, three top-10 finishes and the Jack Sears Trophy, I’d have taken it straight away, so to actually do it on track, in a series as closely-fought as the BTCC, feels amazing. Even better; the results Colin and I have scored today put us in a strong position in the Teams’ Championship. I can’t praise the team highly enough. I’ve had to learn them and they’ve had to learn me, but it’s only taken three weekends to achieve this, and I don’t think that could have happened with any other team in this paddock. I’m just so happy right now.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It’s been a very strong weekend for Team BMW and I’m proud of everyone for the incredible effort they’ve put in.
Ricky’s performed superbly to score his first podium, take three points finishes and win the Jack Sears Trophy. He’s also done his bit for the Teams’ points and we now head to Brands Hatch still ahead in all three championships.”