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Ben Collins (racing driver) : biography

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Ben Collins (born 13 February 1975)Speedsport Magazine, . Retrieved 15 March 2008. is a racing car driver from Bristol, England. He has competed in motor racing since 1994 in many categories, from Formula Three and Indy Lights to sportscars, GT racing and stock cars.

Collins was placed second in the Marlboro Masters Formula 3 championship event in 2000. He set the pace at the 2001 Le Mans 24 hours race in his first season for approximately four hours during the rain at night. After winning the European Stock Car Championship in 2003 ASCAR stock car racing he was signed by PDM Racing to do selected rounds of the 2004 Indy Racing League, but the car never appeared. In 2005, he competed in the British GT Championship in a Porsche 996 GT3, winning races on the way before moving up to the FIA GT Series with Ascari where he led races and scored several pole positions.

In addition to racing, Collins' company Collins Autosport provides precision and stunt driving services, particularly for BBC Television, including Top Gear and Top Gear Live, as well as for the film industry, such as driving James Bond's car in Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, and Eve Moneypenny's car in Skyfall.

In August 2010, several British national newspapers reported on an allegation made by The Sunday Times that Collins may be one of the identities of The Stig—an otherwise unidentified character on the Top Gear show—on the basis of financial filing made by the Collins Autosport company. On 1 September 2010 the BBC was refused a court injunction preventing the revealing of The Stig's identity in Collins' autobiography, published by HarperCollins. On 1 October 2010, it was announced that Collins would join Fifth Gear as a presenter.

Racing career

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. ClassPos.
2001 LMP900 20 Ascari A410Judd GV4 4.0L V10 Team Ascari Werner Lupberger Harri Toivonen 134 DNF DNF
2002 LMP1 21 Ascari KZR-1Judd GV4 4.0L V10 Team Ascari Werner Lupberger Timothy J. Bell 17 DNF DNF
2011 LMP2 36 HPD ARX-01dHPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6 RML Mike Newton Thomas Erdos 314 12th 4th

Complete V8 Supercar results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Final Pos Points
2009 Kelly Racing ADE R1 ADE R2 HAM R3 HAM R4 WIN R5 WIN R6 SYM R7 SYM R8 HDV R9 HDV R10 TOW R11 TOW R12 SAN R13 SAN R14 QLD R15 QLD R16 PHI Q13 PHI R1718 BAT R1820 SUR R19 SUR R20 PHI R21 PHI R22 PTH R23 PTH R22 SYD R23 SYD R24 50th 180

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1-point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1-point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1-point awarded all races)

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