Motorbase Performance team boss David Bartum admitted he wasn't happy with the penultimate rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone, despite both his drivers securing points on race day.
Collard came home in the top ten in two of the three races, while Kane produced a storming drive through the field in race two, but neither driver was able to replicate the kind of form that saw the team on the podium at Snetterton and Knockhill.
Kane had looked well placed for race day after securing his best ever starting position with sixth on the grid and he quickly jumped up to second off the line, splitting the two diesel SEATs in the process. It would ultimately come to nothing however when contact from Matt Neal tipped him into a spin barely a lap later and forced him to retire.
From the back of the pack for race two however, the Northern Irishman produced a stirring drive through the field and seemingly up to make up places at will, he took the flag in a fine fifth place. A spin on lap two of the final race dropped him to the back of the field and while he did his best to make up places, the best he could manage was just shy of the points in twelfth.
“It was a really mixed weekend because I was so fast in qualifying but didn't have much luck in the races,” he said. “Race two was good and it was great to have the pace to fight back from dead last all the way up to fifth. However, I have to hold my hand up and say I just pushed it too hard in the last race, I caught the kerb and because it was so wet it just spun me right round. I've not made many mistakes this year so I suppose I'm allowed one and that's the way it goes sometimes in racing.”
Collard missed the window in qualifying and was forced to start race one down in 16th place, and it was the same position he finished after losing his power steering due to an electrical fault. However, he rebounded from that to take ninth in race two and seventh in race three for double points – although he admitted he had hoped for more.
“I'm frustrated because I feel we could have had so much more from this weekend but the conditions have thrown us a bit,” he said. “The car felt superb in qualifying but we lost the balance a bit in the races and I spent most of my time just trying to keep it on the track.
“Where everything clicked in the last race it didn't do that here, so we will have to go back to the drawing board and come up with something to put us back up there at Brands Hatch.”
The team now heads to its home circuit at Brands Hatch for the season finale looking to end the year on a high, and Bartrum said he was hopeful that both Kane and Collard will give the fans reason to cheer.
“I'm not really happy because I felt we could have taken a lot more from this weekend,” he reflected. “We made it very difficult for ourselves as usual and it was especially disappointing not to take a podium form Race Three from such good starting positions. However, the car was very quick when given some clear track so we will look forward to our home race at Brands Hatch and try to give all our supporters there something to celebrate.”