Team Dynamics’ Dan Cammish was cumulatively fastest during the opening day at the British Touring Car Championship’s in-season tyre test at Snetterton today [11th July].
Though Jack Goff set the benchmark time for Eurotech Racing in the hatchback-shaped Honda Civic Type R in the morning, Cammish went three tenths faster in the new-for-2018 FK8 model after lunch and was never headed.
Matt Neal cemented the works Honda outfit’s showing by rounding out the top three in the sister car to Cammish.
Tom Chilton ran fourth for Motorbase Ford and completed the most laps of anybody with 74 tours of the 2.99 mile circuit – unsurprising given the championship will host a ‘Double Diamond’ 60km race in Norfolk later this month to celebrate six decades of competition.
Andrew Jordan rounded out the top five in the leading WSR BMW, with Rob Austin’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta behind.
Less than a tenth of a second separates Motorbase’s James Cole and the Team HARD-run Volkswagen CC of Mike Bushell, with Josh Cook and current points leader Colin Turkington completing the top ten.
Tom Ingram stalked his title rivals every move behind in eleventh – and went quicker than the Northern Irishman in the afternoon.
Reigning champion Ash Sutton was just 19th as the leading Team BMR Subaru, whilst team-mate Jason Plato only managed to contest the morning session, albeit classified 26th.
Michael Caine and Bobby Thompson also had interrupted running and only competed in the afternoon, as did Jake Hill behind the wheel of an AmD-run MG6 after announcing his departure from Tony Gilham’s outfit.
Testing continues at the Norfolk circuit again tomorrow.