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News 2008: Collard Gives Motorbase Unique One-Two

Rob Collard has given the Motorbase Performance BMW team a unique one-two after following in the footsteps of team-mate Steven Kane to win HiQ's coveted Champagne Moment award.

The Eversley speedster scooped the championship sponsor's prize for his stunning drive in race three at Knockhill, when he secured a second place finish for the first time this season.

Collard's team mate Steven Kane recently won the award for his second place showing at Snetterton, meaning two of the four Champagne Moments so far have gone to the Motorbase drivers.

Collard polled 77 per cent of the fans' votes for a huge winning margin and will now be presented with a bottle of champagne by Denise Thompson of the Wirral, who was picked at random to present the award.

Denise will also win a bottle of bubbly, a pair of tickets to the final BTCC round of racing at Brands Hatch and a grid walk at Silverstone on Sunday.

HiQ launched the Champagne Moment initiative in a bid to interact with spectators, who can log onto and vote for their star performer after each HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship race weekend.

HiQ is delighted with the success of the award and is now urging fans to vote for their favourite driver from Silverstone once the action has concluded on Sunday evening.

For more information about HiQ's Champagne Moment log onto

Motorbase Performance Team Driver Rob Collard said:
"I'm delighted to have won the Champagne Moment and overwhelmed by the number of people who voted for me.  It really is an honour to have your performance recognised by the fans in this way and I want to thank everyone who voted for me.  Good things always seem to happen for me when I visit Knockhill and this award is another one.  My team mate Steven Kane has already won a Champagne Moment award this season so we're even now, and I hope we can repay all the people who have supported us by giving them something to cheer about at Silverstone this weekend."

HiQ'sMSA British Touring Car Championship spokesman James Bailey said:
"We couldn't be happier with our champagne moment. We are getting great feedback from the fans, and the four winning drivers couldn't be more deserving of the champagne, which is great.  We want our sponsorship to leave a positive impression on the people that matter at the BTCC – the fans."