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Brands Hatch GP: Collard looks to rectify qualifying issues for decider

Rob Collard says he must rectify his qualifying issues at the Brands Hatch finale to stand any chance of winning the BTCC title.
West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard has admitted his must rectify his qualifying issues at the Brands Hatch GP finale to stand any chance of winning the 2016 British Touring Car Championship title.

The BMW 125i M Sport driver will tackle qualifying in the thick of championship contention, sitting just 17 points behind his team mate Sam Tordoff but admits qualifying in the region of 20th 'will be no good at Brands Hatch'.

Collard has qualified twelfth or lower on a startling eight occasions so far this season, which has forced the WSR runner to produce a series of miraculous charges up the order to rescue his BTCC title bid.

While expecting stiff competition from the Fords and TOCA engine powered cars alike, Collard has warned the remainder of the contenders to 'look out' come race day should he qualify within the top-ten order.

"The BMW is very strong at Brands Hatch. We have got a bit of a long straight scenario so the TOCA engines and the Ford is going to be strong," said Collard.

"I've got to really focus on my qualifying. Qualifying 20th is going to be no good at Brands GP. We have to get into the top-ten. If I can qualify, for example, in eighth I know I've got a very good car for the weekend.

"When you're outside of that it's an uphill struggle. My aim is to qualify inside the top-ten. If we're inside the top-ten everyone had better look out!"



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