Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish says repeating his race one podium in the second contest of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton “felt like a win” because of the weight he carried and the competition he faced.
Cammish narrowly missed out on pole from Tom Ingram by just two thousandths yesterday, and followed the Toyota driver home in race one before securing second position again in race two but under different circumstances.
As Ingram defended from the fast-starting Colin Turkington, Cammish capitalised to pass Ingram and Andrew Jordan down the inside at the Montreal hairpin while Turkington made the move for the lead.
Cammish told TouringCars.Net holding on to second place “felt like a win” because of carrying 48kg of ballast and racing against cars on the favourable softer Dunlop rubber.
“It felt like a win actually, I crossed the line and I was absolutely spent,” said Cammish.
“That took every last bit of concentration and skill – if I’ve got any! To drive that car and keep Andy behind, we made some changes after race one and we definitely went too far the other way.
“The car was a handful. It was really, really tough. But I adapted and figured it out, and then we got a bit of a break.
“We managed to sneak up the inside of Andy [Jordan] and Tom [Ingram] and from there it was alright. Obviously then keeping Andy behind for the last six laps took a lot of effort.
“The car went away from me but thankfully I hung onto it and figured it out just as he started to lose his softs as well, and then we had enough in the last few laps.
“It felt very good to come across the line second with that amount of weight on the unfancied tyre.”
As Cammish continues his strong points-scoring streak, he feels he is “maximising every opportunity” that comes his way.
“I think I’m maximising every opportunity – I don’t think I could have done any better, I really don’t,” he said.
“I don’t think I could have done any better at Oulton, I fell off on the oil which anybody could have done, it’s just bad luck.
“But before that I had a great race. At Croft I felt I maximised everything I could, Thruxton the same. I really do feel I’m getting the best out of the car and the package right now and the results are showing it.
“That’s my seventh podium in 11 attempts which is some going really. I’m really happy, the guys are doing a mega job and I really want to finish the day strong because race three is always tough.
“Then we can go to Thruxton – another track which suits us nicely – and we can try again.”