With a rich family history in motorsport, it was no surprise when Ricky proved himself to have a natural flair for racing. Learning his craft in karting, Ricky battled wheel-to-wheel with strong results throughout national and international competition.
Making the step up to car racing, Ricky wasted no time in proving his raw talent and speed, when contesting the MSA Formula Ford Championship in 2014. Collecting 5 podiums, including one in his first outing behind the wheel. Returning to the field in 2015, for the newly-named MSA Formula Championship, Ricky immediately made a challenge for the title.
With 6 wins and 13 podiums, the British driver ended the season with the Vice Championship.
Graduating to BRDC Formula 3 Championship the following year, he further made a name for himself with a strong campaign of 5 wins, 9 podiums, 4 pole positions and 5 fastest laps.
Impressing the motorsport giant - BMW in a selection process, Ricky was inducted into the prestigious BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. The switch to GT racing proved to be just as successful as Ricky kicked off his GT era, with overall victory at the 2017 24h Nürburgring. Tackling three rounds of ADAC GT Masters the same year, he further earned a victory at his first event.
2018 saw Ricky tackle a variety of competition, including 24 Hours of Spa, Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Standing in for the opening round of British GT Championship at Oulton Park, Ricky and his teammate impressively struck the podium at both races.
Following his father - Rob Collard picking up an injury, Ricky took to the wheel of the BMW 125i MSport to stand in at the remaining rounds of MSA British Touring Car Championship. Impressing peers and the team alike, Ricky scored a strong run of results including a podium at Silverstone.
The heart of the Ardennes forest in Belgium, sits the infamous 7km ribbon of tarmac, which has played host to some of the most exciting racing in motorsport history. This month welcomes our roster of talented GT drivers to the Spa-Francorchamps track, from racing debuts to 24 hour endurance events, this special place always provides a rewarding challenge.
It’s been an action-packed few weeks in paddocks across Europe, with impressive fight backs in both single-seater and GT racing. Dicing with the weather from Spa-Francorchamps to Vallelunga, we enjoyed some thrilling efforts from our squad of talented drivers last weekend.
Infinity driver Ricky Collard will take to Yas Marina Circuit this weekend (14th – 15th December) to contest the Gulf 12 Hours. Teaming up with R-Motorsports, the 22-year-old driver will make his debut in the team’s new Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT3.
With championships reaching a critical point in the season, the excitement has hit fever pitch and this weekend was no exception. With a clean sweep in Italian F4, a debut podium in British Touring Car’s and yet another podium trip in Formula Renault Eurocup we recap on what was a sensational haul for our talented bunch…