Rob Collard admitted he was delighted at returning to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship podium at Knockhill.

The eBay Motors man had endured a rough season in the team's new NGTC-spec BMW and made the trip to Scotland still seeking a first top three finish of the season.

Left with work to do on race day after a steering issue in qualifying, Collard came through from twelfth on the grid to sixth in race one and then made further progress forwards in race two to take fourth.

A strong start to race three saw Collard quickly move up to second place between the Hondas of Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal and although Neal was able to find a way ahead, third was still Collard's best result of the year to date.

"It's a bit of shame we had the problem in qualifying, as without that, we would have been in the top three or four and would have started race day where we finished it," he said. "However, this was still my best weekend of the season so far and race one was fantastic. The car really came alive on the soft tyre and I was able to fight my way forwards, and could then build on that in race two.

"In the final race, I got away well and settled in behind Andrew and I thought we'd be able to keep Matt at bay; even with the Safety Car. His tyres seemed to come back to him and he pounced when I had an awkward landing at the chicane although I was catching him again at the end. With more laps, I think I could have retaken second. I was out of the title race a long time ago but its been good to pick up three top six finishes this weekend, and to put some good points on the board."



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