Rob Collard has declared himself 'race-fit' for this weekend's British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch following his heavy race one shunt at Silverstone.

The Team BMW driver was sent to hospital along with Team HARD's Will Burns after the pair collided heavily at Becketts mid-way through the opening Silverstone race.

Having been forced off the track with broken steering following a separate altercation, Collard spun across the across the grass emerged back onto the racing line at Becketts corner, where the Volkswagen CC of Burns was unable to avoid collecting the stricken BMW 125i M Sport machine.

Consequently, Collard's BMW sustained severe damage but the 48-year old will contest this weekend's finale in a newly built BMW 125i M Sport, assembled around a spare shell, thanks to a herculean effort from his West Surrey Racing mechanics.

Although the Silverstone incident cost Collard any chance of mathematically challenging for the BTCC crown, the BMW driver is aiming to repay his WSR squad's effort back by 'ending the season on a high' as he seeks to help his team mate Colin Turkington's championship bid.

"What happened at Silverstone was a massive blow to my championship, but despite a huge incident I’m race-fit and ready for Brands Hatch," said Collard.

"The team has done an incredible job to build a new car for me in just over a week, so I’m hoping to say thank you by finishing my season on a high. I have a key role to play in trying to secure the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ crowns for WSR and BMW and to support Colin in his battle for the Drivers' title.

"Having consistently been in the top three of the Drivers’ Championship all year, my aim is to maximise my points haul at Brands and improve on fifth overall."


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