Collard out of Rockingham, Knockhill BTCC events on medical advice

WSR BMW 125i driver Rob Collard will sit out the next two rounds of the British Touring Car Championship on medical grounds

Collard out of Rockingham, Knockhill BTCC events on medical advice

Collard was involved in accidents in races one and two at Snetterton two weeks ago and the second crash at Riches meant his car was unrepairable and he was forced to miss the final race of the meeting.

The Hampshire racer was also involved in a heavy collision at Silverstone at the end of last season, which left him with concussion.

He has been advised by touring car medical staff to stand down from this weekend's Rockingham round and those at Knockhill at the end of the month.

"After reviewing the results of a concussion test with the medics at the track after the crashes at Snetterton, 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," Collard said.

"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 won race three at Oulton Park in June and is 13th in the 2018 drivers' standings.

"I really feel for Rob," added WSR team boss Dick Bennetts.

"Having first competed in the BTCC together in 2005, we've experienced some incredible highs including back-to-back teams' and manufacturers' titles over the past two seasons and - most recently - his win at Oulton Park in June.

"We hope the doctors give him the all-clear to return very soon and, on behalf of everyone at Team BMW and WSR, I'd like to wish him a speedy recovery."

WSR says it is working hard on finding a replacement driver ahead of the two meetings and it will make an announcement in due course.

Rob's oldest son Ricky has previously driven the car in test sessions.

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