eBay Motors marathon man Rob Collard looks to Thruxton
eBay Motors driver Rob Collard has had a busy week after completing his first London Marathon at the weekend in a highly respectable four hours and six minutes. His attention now turns to his local circuit Thruxton and round three of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
Hampshire-based Collard, who is sitting in fourth place in the drivers’ Championship, is proud of his efforts in the capital but insists it was harder than he anticipated: “The marathon was a really enjoyable experience, although it was even more challenging than I ever imagined. It was the first time that I have run over 20 miles and I really started to struggle in the final quarter as we made our way to The Mall.”
He added: “My legs were in tatters once I had crossed the finish line and my energy levels were very low. My morale was helped by the fantastic atmosphere along the route and I was grateful for the support of my friends and family.”
Rob is now looking towards Thruxton and he is adamant that feels no ill-effects from his 26.2 mile running adventure as he commented: “I feel good now and have almost 100% recovered. We have a team shakedown on Thursday and then we are heading to the circuit, where I might treat myself to a buggy for the track walk on Friday!
In many ways the marathon requires the same concentration and focus as a touring car round, and I am aiming to achieve a podium finish for the eBay Motors team at Thruxton. It is a circuit that hasn’t been particularly kind to me in previous years but I am looking to stay in the Championship race with some strong results at my local track.”
Rob Collard was running the London Marathon for the Snowdon Award Scheme. To donate to this worthy cause please visit http://www.rcollard.com/ and click on the link at the top of the page.
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