Gordon Shedden and Rob Collard will celebrate milestone starts at Croft this weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship approaches the halfway marker in 2016.
Heading to rounds 13, 14 and 15 firmly in the title hunt, defending champion Shedden will reach the 300-race milestone whilst Collard will clock a staggering 400-race starts in the BTCC.
In what is fitting that both of them will celebrate at the same circuit upon which they went wheel-to-wheel for a majority of race three last year, the pair are looking forward to reigniting their on-track rivalry.
“Rob and I had a pretty lively battle last year,” acknowledged defending champion Shedden. “In one of the races, he got so near that it felt like he actually wanted to drive my car, and the last one was a cracker. We gambled on the soft tyres in the knowledge they would be quicker but eventually drop off, and after that it was a case of grimly trying to hold on!
“There was some great racing at Croft last season, and I’m sure we can expect more of the same again. The crowds get pretty close to the action and there’s always a good party atmosphere to the weekend. I’m looking forward to it.”
Collard added: “It’s fantastic to be making my 400th BTCC start at Croft. It’s been a very successful circuit for me in the past, especially in the BMW, so I can’t wait! It’s a track with lots of grip where we can work the tyres really hard, and we don’t suffer from as much degradation as some of the front wheel-drive cars. I think that’s our biggest advantage there over the course of a race distance.
“Croft is a unique circuit, with a bit of everything from the tight hairpin to fast corners and the Jim Clark Esses, which is absolutely spectacular to race through – there were some great wheel-to-wheel overtaking manoeuvres between myself and Gordon there last year. With the championship in such strong shape at the moment and the quality of the drivers and cars on the grid, it’s going to be a very exciting weekend. Let’s go racing!”
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