Dan Cammish takes maiden BTCC win, start under investigation

Dan Cammish takes maiden BTCC win, start under investigation

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Dan Cammish led home a Team Dynamics 1-2 finish to claim his first victory in the British Touring Car Championship, but his start remains under investigation post-race.

Championship leader Colin Turkington extends his advantage to 36 points heading into the middle contest at Brands Hatch, out-scoring Tom Ingram in 12th and 14th respectively.

Seventh place or better will seal the title for the Northern Irishman irrespective of what the Speedworks Motorsport racer achieves in Race 2.

Pole man Brett Smith rounds out the rostrum in third – his first podium in the BTCC – heading Eurotech Racing team mate Jack Goff in a Honda domination.

Smith held his own at the start from Cammish, who will be investigated by the stewards for a false getaway, but an undercut at Clearways at the end of the opening lap handed the works Honda the advantage.

Neal and Goff put in an enthralling battle for third in the opening exchanges, but the FK8 came out on top and then passed Smith for the runner-up spot with a carbon copy move at Druids two laps later.

Though Neal closed to within 0.358 seconds of his rookie team mate – who becomes the 17th different winner of the season – he never put in a serious challenge to the multiple Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion.

Ingram’s attempt to close Turkington’s title lead was largely hindered by the BMW man’s team mate Ricky Collard, who dutifully frustrated the Toyota Avensis whilst the Northern Irishman escaped up the road, and once released Ingram was unable to close the deficit.

Senna Proctor’s Power Maxed-run Vauxhall Astra rounded out the top five after besting the BTC Norlin-run Type R of Daniel Lloyd, with Aiden Moffat seventh after heading up a race-long battle.

Breathing down his neck were Andrew Jordan and the Motorbase trio of James Cole, Sam Tordoff and Tom Chilton, the latter dropping out of title contention in 11th.

Though Turkington closed on this fight on the final tours of the 2.4 mile Grand Prix loop, he elected to remain safe behind and headed Oliphant across the line in 12th and 13th.

Ingram was next, with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin rounding out the points finishers.

The potentially decisive second race in Kent gets underway at 14:25 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 23:10.679 1:31.530 2
2 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 0.368 1:31.356 3
3 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 2.753 1:31.587 1
4 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 3.362 1:31.759 4
5 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 3.922 1:31.748 6
6 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 8.102 1:31.861 5
7 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 9.218 1:32.044 9
8 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 9.428 1:31.962 12
9 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 12.421 1:32.126 15
10 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 12.632 1:32.028 16
11 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 13.237 1:31.774 7
12 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 13.46 1:31.950 17
13 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 13.612 1:32.114 20
14 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 13.794 1:32.181 19
15 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 15 14.059 1:32.339 14
16 55 M Ricky COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 18.686 1:32.267 11
17 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 19.84 1:32.476 18
18 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 20.268 1:32.524 13
19 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 20.846 1:32.175 22
20 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 21.468 1:32.298 24
21 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 22.454 1:32.199 26
22 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 22.483 1:32.231 23
23 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 22.861 1:32.331 25
24 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 30.865 1:31.479 21
25 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 34.37 1:32.707 28
26 54 Josh CAYGILL AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 35.07 1:33.417 31
27 43 Ollie PIDGLEY Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 35.608 1:33.259 30
28 32 Ethan HAMMERTON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 14 1 Lap 1:32.977 29
29 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 2 Laps 1:31.588 8
R 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 0 DNF N/A 10
R 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 0 DNF N/A 27
BTCC Points deficit chart
Graphic: TouringCars.Net