Having taken the first win for Airwaves BMW during the opening rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship earlier this year, Rob Collard has his sights set on more success as the series returns to the famous Kent venue for the season finale.
Collard's victory for the Motorbase-run team earlier in the year came on the shorter Indy circuit, but he has tasted success on the GP loop in the past – having won for West Surrey Racing in the 2005 season finale.
While the second half of the season has been far from easy for Collard, who was firmly in contention for the title earlier in the year, he heads to Brands Hatch keen to end the campaign in style and said he was hopeful of fighting for victory.
“The GP circuit is one of the most famous in the world so each time you get to drive it it's a privilege,” he said. “I hold the lap record on it in a Touring Car so I'm keen to go back there in a BMW and try to top that. As a team we've been excellent at Brands Hatch both last year and this year, so if we can continue our recent good qualifying form and make sure we are in the top six for race one then we will have a chance to be right up there challenging for podium finishes.
“Between myself and Jonny [Adam] I feel we have the ability to get very strong results at Brands Hatch but it's going to be interesting to see how other drivers perform there under pressure. There will be a few people out there involved in the title battle and we want to make sure we don't get involved in anything with those guys. Hopefully they will be too busy fighting each other for places and that will let us get away at the front and go for a win.
“It's going to be a very exciting weekend of racing and we want to make sure Airwaves BMW is the centre of attention by getting some top results at the team's home circuit.”
Team-mate Jonny Adam heads to Brands looking to end his first season in the BTCC on a high, and the rookie said he hopeful of turning the lessons learned this year into a challenge for honours in 2010.
“If we can repeat what we did when we came here at the start of the championship that would be a really nice way to end the year, especially in front of all our supporters and sponsors,” he said. “It's been an exciting first season in the BTCC for myself, and I've learned a massive amount both on and off the track. I don't think I've been overawed though and I've shown I have the ability to be up there in the top six on a regular basis. Now I want to take everything I've learned this year and turn it into a really strong challenge for silverware next season.”