BMW ju­nior Col­lard en­joys DTM test run

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Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award fi­nal­ist Ricky Col­lard sam­pled DTM ma­chin­ery for the first time last week in a test with BMW at Jerez.

Col­lard shared track time with fel­low BMW ju­nior and Euro­pean For­mula 3 driver Joel Eriks­son dur­ing the four-day test at the Span­ish cir­cuit, which was also used by the man­u­fac­turer to con­tinue its prepa­ra­tions for the 2017 DTM sea­son.

BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship run­ner-up Col­lard said: “It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, some­thing very spe­cial. The car has more down­force than I am used to from the Bri­tish F3 car; it was an­other step up from what I’ve been do­ing be­fore.

“It didn’t take long for me to get ac­quainted with driv­ing the car, but the wet ses­sion on Thurs­day morn­ing was def­i­nitely a bit tricky. It makes it in­ter­est­ing when you are at your de­but test, but we coped with it pretty well.

“Over­all there was a lot to learn for me dur­ing th­ese days, as this car is more com­plex than any other car I ever drove.”

Col­lard took part in four-day test, driv­ing one of M4 DTMS

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