Collard aims for wins in 2009

Rob Collard is aiming for regular wins in the British Touring Car Championship this season, after he and the Motorbase Performance team showed impressive pace at the final official test of the pre-season at Brands Hatch this week

Collard aims for wins in 2009

Collard, who is entering his second year with the independent BMW squad, was third quickest at the test, less than a tenth of a second down on the pace-setting Vauxhall of champion Fabrizio Giovanardi.

"We were quite confident going into the test, because we'd run there two weeks previously and set some very good times," the two-time race-winner told AUTOSPORT.

"What was really nice was to see that the data we collected then was transferable to this week, so we know that we have a set-up that works in both race and qualifying trim.

"To be honest, I think we're still a little way off the Vauxhalls in terms of one-lap pace, but over a race distance we'll be strong, and BMWs are always quick at Brands, so I think wins have to be the aim - not just here - but over the course of the season too."

Just as pleasing to Collard was the pace of his rookie team-mate Jonathan Adam, who was second fastest overall at Brands, three thousandths of a second quicker than him.

"He had very limited running at Rockingham due to a rear diff problem, so to have him up there at Brands is great," Collard added.

"Obviously for a guy like him it helps if he can get straight into a good car, and I think with the work me and Steven [Kane] did on the BMW last year, it certainly is a good car now. He's going to be very fast this season as well."

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