The Fast Pod - A podcast all about speed

Episode 8 - Motorbase team manager Oly Collins on the recipe for success in BTCC

September 22, 2023 The Fast Pod Season 1 Episode 8
The Fast Pod - A podcast all about speed
Episode 8 - Motorbase team manager Oly Collins on the recipe for success in BTCC
Show Notes

In this episode of The Fast Pod, host Graeme Cleland interviews Oly Collins - team manager for NAPA Racing UK / Motorbase Performance in the British Touring Car Championship.

One of the most experienced pit lane chiefs in the UK, Oly has worked with some of the biggest names in motorsport including West Surrey, Team Dynamics, and Motorbase.

He's been instrumental in the success of these teams, helping them countless race wins and achieve multiple championship titles.

Oly shares his insights into what it takes to make a racing team into a winning outfit - and the role of a team manager in bringing all the different elements together.

And he covers not only what goes on during a race weekend, but what needs to happen between races to ensure it all comes together at the circuit.

He emphasises the importance of having talented individuals who work well as a team, racing drivers and engineers being open and honest in communication, and fostering a culture of respect and learning within a squad even when the pressure is on.

The Kent-based team boss also discusses the challenges and highlights of his career in motorsport, including the stellar 2023 season Motorbase are enjoying in the BTCC.

Key Takeaways:

  • Success in racing requires a team of talented individuals who work well together.
  • Openness and honesty are crucial in building a strong team dynamic.
  • Drivers should respect and learn from each other to improve as a team.
  • The role of a team manager is to bring all the different elements of a racing team together and ensure effective communication and coordination.
  • Getting into motorsport requires persistence, taking every opportunity, and working hard to make a good impression.

Give Oly a follow: @OlyCollins / X (twitter.com)