Ricky Collard follows in his father’s footsteps at Snetterton

Alex Brundle, who presented the trophies at Snettertom, on the podium after race one with, from left

Alex Brundle, who presented the trophies at Snettertom, on the podium after race one with, from left, Matheus Leist, Ricky Collard and Toby Sowery. Picture: Jakob Ebrey - Credit: Archant

After a double victory Ricky Collard left Snetterton with an increased lead in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship, delighted to have maintained the family honour.

Ricky Collard is cheered past the winning post after his success in race three of the British Formul

Ricky Collard is cheered past the winning post after his success in race three of the British Formula Three Championship. Picture: Jakob Ebrey - Credit: Archant

'Dad left here last week in the lead of the BTCC and I'm also leaving in the lead. It couldn't get any better,' said the younger Collard, son of British Touring Car Championship racer Rob Collard.

Collard annexed pole position in qualifying and used it to good effect to secure an opening victory over title rival Matheus Leist while Thomas Randle could only finish sixth after clashing with team-mate Enaam Ahmed on the opening lap which saw the latter roll four times at Brundle.

However, with the top eight reversed for race two Randle, from nearby Kenninghall, started ahead of rivals Collard and Leist while guest racer Russian Nikita Mazepin, a Force India Formula One protégé, started from pole.

Mazepin used all of his experience to take victory over Tarun Reddy while Randle lost third place at the opening corner to an opportunist move from Harrison Scott, with Leist and Collard finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

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In race three Collard again used pole position to good effect with a dominant second victory of the weekend, leaving title rival Leist in his wake.

Meanwhile Randle was able to beat Toby Sowery into the first corner to claim sixth place and maintain his third place in the series.

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'Snetterton hasn't proven to be my happiest circuit' admitted a disappointed Randle.

There was a controversial ending to the opening British GT race when Joe Osborne, who was first past the chequered flag, was penalised post-race for an avoidable collision when taking the lead away from Phil Keen's Lamborghini Huracan at the Bomb Hole, with the latter inheriting victory.

BMW Z4 mounted Osborne was demoted to fifth, with early race leader Jon Barnes/Mark Farmer claiming a close second place with the impressive sounding Bentley Continental of Rick Parfitt/Seb Morris completing the podium.

Having survived an early collision, which knocked him from second to ninth, Derek Johnston recovered to hand over his Aston Martin Vantage to Jonny Adam for a solid fourth.

There was no need for help in race two as Keen and co-driver Jon Minshaw led throughout. and extended their series lead as a result, while a late pass by Johnston on the Lee Mowle/Osborne BMW claimed second place after a race long chase.

In the GT4 category the Sandy Mitchell/Ciaran Haggerty McLaren 570S finished ahead of the series leading Jack Bartholomew, who was sharing with Ross Gunn this weekend in race one, but the Aston Martin pair dominated race two.

Meanwhile Stratton Motorsport's Lotus Evora was pushed into a race one collision with the Riches safety barrier while their Aston Martin broke its throttle pedal, with Wisbech's Jake Giddings finishing 15th in category with co-driver Kieran Griffin. The Evora stopped again in race two as the Aston Martin mounted David Tinn/Andrew Jarman secured 14th in class for the local team and the Giddings/Griffin duo ended up ninth.

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