Rob Collard will not take part in the next two British Touring Car Championship events at Rockingham and Knockhill, after being advised on medical grounds to rest after his Snetterton shunt.
Collard crashed into the barriers backwards at speed in race two at Snetterton, meaning the Team BMW driver did not take the start in the ‘diamond double’ final race.
He will now miss another six races, and it is the second year in a row that the end of Collard’s season has been impacted by a shunt forcing him to sit out an event, following a big crash at Silverstone in 2017.
“After suffering a serious concussion in a crash at Silverstone in 2017, I was cleared to return to racing earlier this year while remaining under close monitoring by the TOCA medical team,” explained Collard.
“Following a pair of high-speed, high-impact accidents in races one and two at Snetterton, and after reviewing the results of a concussion test with the medics at the track, it was ruled that I was unfit to participate in the special ‘Diamond Double’ race and that I should not race at Rockingham or Knockhill either.
“I’m absolutely gutted for Team BMW, all my sponsors and supporters and I’d like to thank the TOCA medical team for their professionalism and support, as always.”
Collard’s replacement will be announced by WSR in the coming days, prior to this weekend’s races at Rockingham.