ROB Collard will be looking to repeat last season's victory when the British Touring Car Championship arrives at his home track of Thruxton this weekend.

The renowned charger put in a dazzling display to finish just shy of a podium finish for Team BMW at the last round of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

Collard’s tenacious drive to fourth was made all the more impressive considering he started the final race of the day from 13th place and sustained considerable damage to his BMW 125i M Sport through no fault of his own in a multi-car first-lap accident.

Despite this, and once the safety car had returned to the pits, the 2016 Forever Forward Award winner used his considerable race craft to put himself in contention for a podium finish, just missing out by 0.523s.

Having collected points for 11th and 13th places in the first two races, Collard was one of only four drivers to score in all three races at Donington.

Collard said: “Going down into the Craner Curves two cars came together and I braked to try and avoid making contact. I hit the spinning car but I was also hit from behind so hard that it creased the rear body-shell. After the safety car we managed to really crack on and fourth is a fantastic achievement after qualifying 25th. I feel a little bit frustrated we didn’t quite get a podium.”

Youngest son Jordan Collard is now second in the Mini Challenge Series after a fourth and second place in the last round at Rockingham last weekend.