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Collard yet to sign WSR deal

As we get closer to the beginning of the season, the amount of available seats is decreasing by the day, but one team-driver combination we may have thought definite might not be so set in stone after all.

West Surrey Racing team principal Dick Bennetts has revealed 2016 title contender Rob Collard is yet to sign an agreement with the team.

“I’ve spoken more to Rob Collard in the last four weeks than I have for five years,” Bennetts told TouringCars.Net. “We haven’t come to an agreement yet; Rob’s got a couple of other offers on the table.”

Bennetts said that some of Collard’s other offers are cheaper than the deal he can offer, but he’s working hard to secure 48-year-old, and believes he’s close to a deal.

“We have to reach a minimum budget for the service we provide, so I don’t want to lower my standards,” he said. “Rob wants to stay, we want him to stay, so we’re working hard on that one.”

Of the three cars WSR are set to field this year, only one of them has a driver. Andrew Jordan moved to the team early in the winter break from Motorbase and has already begun testing with the team.

It’s believed WSR is the most likely option for Colin Turkington, who announced he was leaving Team BMR earlier this month, but he is also yet to announce his 2017 plans.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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