COL­LARD CALLED UP TO HELP BMW’S DTM DE­VEL­OP­MENT

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BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship run­ner-up Ricky Col­lard will test a BMW DTM car at Jerez later this month.

One of this year’s Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award fi­nal­ists, Col­lard will spend four days with BMW at the Span­ish cir­cuit at the end of the month and into December, and will test the car as part of the Ger­man mar­que’s de­vel­op­ment sched­ule ahead of the 2017 sea­son.

BMW ju­nior Col­lard, son of Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship driver Rob, said: “The test is go­ing to be ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, and it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be able to test the BMW – I think my dad might be slightly jeal­ous.

“The op­por­tu­nity was based quite a bit on how I was per­form­ing in Bri­tish F3. I had to do a lit­tle bit of nag­ging but it was def­i­nitely based on per­for­mance. I’ve also done some VLN stuff with BMW and as part of the ju­nior pro­gramme I’ve been un­der fit­ness tests, men­tal tests, you name it.

“But they re­ally have looked at ev­ery sin­gle as­pect to make sure I’m well pre­pared. It’s go­ing to cost them money to let this lit­tle English kid drive round in one of their cars, so they had to make sure I could do it.”

Col­lard has al­ready driven a DTM car be­fore, hav­ing han­dled a Mercedes C63 DTM at Sil­ver­stone last month as part of his as­sess­ment as a MABA fi­nal­ist.

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