Nick Foster chasing podium places at Knockhill

Nick Foster

Nick Foster

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

ODIHAM’S Nick Foster is on a mission for a podium place when the British Touring Championship travels north of the border for the Scottish rounds at Knockhill tomorrow.

Foster is yet to finish in the top three this season and in his last outing at Snetterton failed to end race one and three, after being hit off the track by Dave Newsham and then Martin Depper.

However, the driver is looking forward to his trip north and said: “We had the raw pace in the car at Snetterton and I really have the fire in my belly and I am hungry to do well at Knockhill.

“I like the circuit and have done well there in the past and cannot see why this cannot happen again.”

He added: “I know qualifying will play a major part in the result as 31 cars on that track is going to be bedlam.”

Rob Collard at the moment is set to start from the back row of the grid for the first race, after being given a penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag at Snetterton.

His e-bay team are appealing the decision otherwise the Hook driver will be in for a tough day at a circuit he enjoyed two wins at in 2012 and last season also took a podium.

Collard said: “It is going to near impossible to do anything from the back at Knockhill, which is a shame as I enjoy racing and usually do well.”

His son Ricky Collard will be hoping to add to his podium at Snetterton when the scholarship driver finished second overall in the Formula Ford Championship one of the support races of the BTCC.

Basingstoke Skip hire-backed Ginetta Junior driver Jack Rawles will hope for better weekend in Scotland after suffering a big accident at Snetterton which saw the team spend most of Saturday night trying to rebuild the car.

Rawles said: “I am looking forward to Knockhill as it is a very challenging but rewarding circuit and the crowds are always big rain or shine.

“Last year I had a problem in qualifying and started right from the back but still finished well, so this year I hope to qualify better so I am much further up the grid where it is so important on such a steep run up to the line.”

All the races tomorrow will be shown live on ITV 4 from 10.45am to 6pm.

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