Rob Collard could leave BTCC after losing WSR drive

Rob Collard could leave BTCC after losing WSR drive

Rob Collard
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Rob Collard has revealed that he could leave the British Touring Car Championship grid after losing his drive to Tom Oliphant for the 2019 season, with the 50-year-old reportedly considering GT racing.

Collard claimed one victory for Team BMW in 2018, but he had to give up his drive after the Snetterton round just after the summer break when an accident in race two meant he was advised to not take part in the rest of the season on medical grounds.

Now Collard has been reported by Autosport.com as considering racing in other series in 2019, after eight straight seasons racing with WSR.

“Obviously, I am very disappointed to lose my seat with WSR after so many years with the team and after the success that we have enjoyed together,” said Collard.

“But I send my best wishes to Tom Oliphant for a successful season.

“It means that I am now on the market and I can look at all of my options, be those in the British Touring Car Championship or in the British GT Championship.

“I am able to explore avenues that I haven’t even looked at before.”

Collard has been almost ever-present on the BTCC grid since the year 2000, although he only took part in one event in 2007 after failing to secure a drive ahead of the season start.

He has also explored racing in European touring cars, having taken part in the European Touring Car Championship in 2002 and the European Touring Car Cup in 2005.