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How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT
After two decades in touring cars, Rob Collard had an uphill battle to unlearn the tools needed to be quick in tin-tops and understand how to hustle a GT3 car. But he did so with aplomb to prevail alongside Sandy Mitchell amid a challenging year for the series...
It's been an unusual year for British GT. Action was delayed until August by the pandemic, and the grid had dropped from 35 paid-up entries to 21 when it got under way. As series promoter Stephane Ratel put it, "when you lose 40% of your grid, you can't call it a success". But, as Ratel rightly added, "it's been a sporting success".
There were seven different winners from four manufacturers over the nine races, and four crews remained in title contention until the Silverstone finale, which drew an encouraging 37-car field. There, the Barwell-versus-RAM fight was decided in favour of Sandy Mitchell and British Touring Car Championship convert Rob Collard, becoming the first and, likely, last Silver Cup duo to make the grade before such pairings are outlawed next year.