Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish admits the new BMW 3 Series will “take some beating” over the course of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season, as the new car has already won five out of eight races so far.
Cammish has enjoyed a double podium today to recover from a “tough” start to his 2019 campaign, but admits WSR’s new BMW 330i has not had the “learning curve” that he and team-mate Matt Neal went through with the FK8 Honda Civic Type R last year.
He told TouringCars.Net he believes they will get even stronger at circuits which have suited them in the past, such as Croft and Oulton Park.
“These BMWs are obviously very fast out the box, they’re going to take some beating this year, there’s no doubt about it, they’ve not had the learning curve that we went through,” said Cammish.
“It’s just a very fast car. Unfortunately as they’ve now reminded me on the podium, they now go to circuits that suit them even more, the likes of Croft and Oulton Park.
“They don’t have a weak circuit now, which is great for them. Please Mr Gow can we have a little bit more to make ours faster!
“But it’s all good fun. We’re right there with them.”
Cammish was keen to point out he’d been happy with his day’s results so far, but would like to see “more equalisation” so the rear-wheel drive cars don’t enjoy such an advantage off the line.
“It would be nice if we could just have a little bit more equalisation with the starts just so if you do qualify ahead of them, you have half a chance of staying ahead,” he said.
“Now they’ve got a very fast car and they’ve got this advantage as well.
“It’s a double whammy effect, but it’s not for me to complain – I’m very happy.”
Despite this, Cammish feels he has made a “stride forward” in the balance of the car today, and hopes for another strong points haul in the final race of the day.
“Speed-wise we’re good, I think we’ve made a stride forward with the car, we’ve made some changes and I feel good balance-wise,” Cammish said.
“What I feel through my bum, I thought it was better! So far today everybody has been quite sensible, and it’s been a little bit processional at the front.
“Track position has been really important but unfortunately you just can’t beat physics and I can’t get off the line better than a rear-wheel drive.
“Even if you do have a very fast car it’s very hard to use it at the moment.
“But I’m really happy – two third places – I think that’s my ninth touring car podium which is great to have a good day after tough start to the season.”