Revitalised Rob Collard roared back into title contention with a double podium finish at Oulton Park at the weekend – his best result of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season so far.
The Eversley ace performed well in Saturday’s qualifying, setting the fourth fastest overall time, ultimately lining up on the second row of the grid.
A great start off the line saw Collard move up into second place and within striking distance of his team-mate Colin Turkington.
And Collard held on for the entire 12-lap race to take his first podium of the weekend and his best result of the year so far, securing an impressive one-two for the Ebay Motors team.
That momentum continued for the second race as Collard got off a superb start to take a second podium finish of the weekend, coming in third behind winner Turkington and Rob Austin in the Audi A4.
A last minute downpour meant that the final race of the weekend started in extremely wet conditions, but still Collard got off to a clean start from sixth on the grid and set about making his way through the field.
But when running in third and looking set for a momentous hat-trick of podiums, a tap from behind by the charging Jason Plato sent Collard into a spin and he was forced down the order.
Despite his best efforts to recover, he could do no more than take 11th at the flag.
Collard, who now lies third in the independent drivers’ standings, said: “I was very happy to secure my best result of the year with a second place finish in the first two races at Oulton Park.
“The final race was a disappointment, had I not received a tap behind a further podium was in sight.
“Still, I’m really pleased for the Ebay Motors team as we had a great weekend overall.”
Collard’s other Ebay Motors team-mate, Farnborough’s Nick Foster finished eighth and 15th either side of failing to finish in round two, while Fleet’s Dan Welch, in the Proton Gen2, came in 27th, 20th and 23rd.
The next round of the championship takes place at Croft on June 28-29.