Dan Cammish sets the pace in Thruxton BTCC test

Dan Cammish sets the pace in Thruxton BTCC test

Dan Cammish
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Honda’s Dan Cammish set the pace in the official British Touring Car Championship test session at Thruxton on Wednesday, putting his Honda on top of the times by just over two tenths of a second from BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley.

Cammish led a Honda 1-2-3 at the top of the times, as his lap of 1 minute 15.292 seconds was the fastest of the day, with the Halfords Yuasa Racing racer being the only driver in the top ten to set his best lap in the morning session.

“It’s always nice to be quickest,” said Cammish. “We went very well here last year and did a good job. Matt (Neal) was on pole. Out of the box this morning, the car felt very strong.

“We’re working through our programme and there were a few laps in there that would have been good enough for pole.

“[It was] a shame about the little bit of damage. Matt [Neal] had an issue with his car and jumped into mine and I think he got caught in traffic there before a little off. It’s fine, though, just a small prang!

“As a driver, I’ve come long way since this time last year and so has the car. We’ve made improvements over the winter and we’ll see a bit more from it here.

“As a package we should be strong. Right now, I’d have to say I’m glad we’re coming here twice.”

Smiley was second, ahead of AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher in the older model Civic in third, four tenths off the pace.

Subaru’s Ash Sutton was fourth, just 0.013 seconds ahead of the Mercedes of Aiden Moffat in fifth.

Colin Turkington was the best of the BMW 330i trio in sixth, just over half a second off the pace, ahead of the second BTC Racing Honda of Josh Cook in seventh.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan made it two Mercedes drivers in the top ten in eighth, ahead of AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff in ninth and Speedworks’ Tom Ingram in tenth.

All drivers with the exception of Stephen Jelley took part in the day of testing at the Hampshire circuit.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 27 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 40 1:15.292 0.000
2 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 50 1:15.534 0.242
3 6 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 44 1:15.701 0.409
4 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 54 1:15.772 0.480
5 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 45 1:15.785 0.493
6 1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 42 1:15.816 0.524
7 66 Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 34 1:15.937 0.645
8 33 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 43 1:15.971 0.679
9 600 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 52 1:16.018 0.726
10 80 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 35 1:16.029 0.737
11 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 42 1:16.178 0.886
12 9 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 48 1:16.301 1.009
13 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 42 1:16.335 1.043
14 15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 51 1:16.350 1.058
15 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 43 1:16.472 1.180
16 18 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 47 1:16.527 1.235
17 11 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 32 1:16.567 1.275
18 48 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 43 1:16.574 1.282
19 24 Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 44 1:16.675 1.383
20 12 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 47 1:16.696 1.404
21 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 53 1:16.752 1.460
22 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 1:17.025 1.733
23 31 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 36 1:17.295 2.003
24 28 Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 50 1:17.638 2.346
25 19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 43 1:17.668 2.376
26 37 Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 49 1:18.558 3.266
27 4 Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 50 1:18.634 3.342
28 8 Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 44 1:18.750 3.458
29 777 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 17 1:20.371 5.079