Rob announces 2021 European campaign plans
Rob Collard has joined Silverstone-based RAM Racing to complete an all-star, all-British line-up in this year’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS Endurance Cup.
Reigning British GT Champion Rob joins Sam De Haan and Callum Macleod aboard the team’s Mercedes-AMG GT3. The trio are set to be a formidable crew in the European championship’s Pro-Am class.
Collard, 52, joins RAM Racing fresh from winning the 2020 British GT Championship title during his maiden season of sportscar racing. The former tin-top star has swapped the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Hurácan for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 after a string of successful tests with RAM over the last few months.
For this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, the trio will also be joined by Ricky Collard, son of Rob and former BMW Motorsport junior driver.
Speaking about his switch into the RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG, Rob Collard said: “I’m delighted to be joining RAM Racing for this season, and I’m massively excited to be part of what looks like a really strong team. I’ve gotten to know RAM well, especially through racing against them last year in British GT, so I know what a class act they are.
"I had my first test at Snetterton and loved the Mercedes-AMG from the first moment I sat in it. It’s such a lovely car to drive – it’s slightly easier than the Lamborghini was, and I think it suits my style nicely. I’m already really pleased with the pace I’ve shown in testing and that should only improve as I learn more about the car. It will be great sharing with Sam this year, too. He was so tough to beat in British GT last season, and together with Callum I think we can be right up there in the Pro-Am order. It will also be special to share a car with Ricky again at Spa. We won the Pro-Am category there last year, and we’ll be aiming to do so again this time around.”
De Haan, 25, makes the step up to full-time European competition having spent three seasons racing in British GT, securing back-to-back second places in the overall championship over the last two years. His pairing with Collard means the top two GT3 rivals from last year’s British GT Championship will now race together for the first time.
Capping the driving crew is Macleod, 33, who makes a welcome return to full-time racing this season, having held a technical and coaching position with RAM last year. Macleod – a champion in both British Formula Ford and the European F3 Open before his move into sportscar racing – has been a multiple winner in British GT, celebrated a class victory in the Total 24 Hours of Spa, and served as a factory driver for Bentley in recent seasons.