Father and son duo Rob and Ricky Collard will join forces for a full crack at this year’s British GT Championship title in a Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini.
The family pairing previously shared a Barwell Motorsport entry at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2020 – the same year father Rob was crowned British GT Champion with Sandy Mitchell.
Rob, who swapped a successful BTCC career for GTs at the end of 2019, duly moved on to Europe with Barwell. Meanwhile, Ricky – a former GT3 driver with Aston Martin who also finished runner-up in 2016’s BRDC British F3 Championship – embarked on a successful domestic touring car adventure of his own, first with BMW and then Toyota.
Collard Snr’s last British GT appearance came at the wheel of Lamborghini’s previous generation Huracan, which was replaced in 2023 by the Evo 2. The new car won twice last year in the hands of Shaun Balfe and Squadra Corse factory driver Mitchell, whose performances particularly caught the eye.
Rob Collard said: “I’m delighted to be back in British GT, and to be sharing a car with Ricky. We’ve done a few one-off races together before, but this will be our first full season together – to race alongside your son is every dad’s dream! I couldn’t wish for a better team-mate. The one thing Ricky has in abundance is speed, and he’s learned a lot from his recent years in touring cars, so I think he’s in a really great place to attack British GT this year.”
Ricky Collard said: “This year is going to be a great challenge, for a number of reasons. First, it’s going to be awesome sharing a GT3 car with my dad. We’ve always worked so well together and been so supportive of each other, whether we’re racing together, doing some training on the sim or on test days… it gives us a different dynamic to other pairings on the grid.”
This year’s British GT Championship gets underway at Oulton Park on March 30 + April 1 and also features visits to Donington Park and Snetterton ahead of a finale at Brands Hatch in the autumn. Tickets are on sale now – click here for more information.