Dan Cammish narrows standings deficit by storming to crucial race one victory

Dan Cammish narrows standings deficit by storming to crucial race one victory

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Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish stormed to a crucial victory from 12th on the grid to secure a Team Dynamics 1-2 in a dramatic rain-affected opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch.

As rain fell heavier in the closing stages, those who had gambled for wets under the safety car caught dramatically on the final lap, with Matt Neal and Tom Chilton scything through to take second and third on the run to the line.

They denied Rory Butcher a podium while championship leader Colin Turkington was the first of the rear-wheel drive runners in fifth position having lead in the opening stages of the race, now with just a seven point advantage in the championship standings.

It was Subaru’s Ash Sutton who held the early advantage after enjoying better traction than polesitter Turkington to take the lead into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, while fellow title contender Andrew Jordan jumped to third.

Turkington then immediately set about pressurising Sutton and got a better run through Paddock Hill Bend before completing the move at Druids at the start of lap four and held the lead up until the safety car was deployed after Matt Simpson’s Honda had a heavy impact with the barrier at the first corner.

With rain falling heavier under the safety car, most runners towards the tail end of the pack took the decision to switch for wets, which paid dividends in the closing stages.

When the race restarted, Cammish sliced past Jordan and Turkington as they struggled for tyre temperature before picking off first Jake Hill – who suffered issues in his Audi S3 – and then Rory Butcher, who he passed around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend in spectacular fashion to claim a lead he never relinquished.

With Neal and Chilton making rapid progress on the final lap, a Team Dynamics 1-2 followed, as Motorbase’s Chilton gave the Kent-based squad a podium on home turf.

Butcher held on to fourth ahead of Turkington while his AmD Tuning team-mate Mike Bushell managed sixth ahead of the rapdily-progressing wet-shod BMW of Stephen Jelley.

Jordan eventually struggled in eighth position, while Silverstone winner Jack Goff again excelled in tricky conditions to finish ninth in his Team HARD Volkswagen CC.

Ollie Jackson completed the top ten while erstwhile leader Sutton managed 11th ahead of Michael Caine who put the three Motorbase Fords in the top 12.

Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat was 13th in the Infiniti Q50, while Jason Plato managed 14th as another to switch to wets.

He finished ahead of Power Maxed Racing team-mate Rob Collard, who progressed ten positions to round out the points-paying positions in 15th.

The result means Cammish narrows the gap to Turkington to just seven points, while Jordan sits 21 points adrift.

The second race of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch is set to get underway at 14:10 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 18 34:17.508 1:33.973 12
2 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 7.882 1:34.940 13
3 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 8.306 1:35.027 19
4 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 8.624 1:33.753 5
5 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 10.37 1:33.724 1
6 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 11.057 1:34.897 9
7 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 11.916 1:34.906 24
8 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 18 12.634 1:33.626 3
9 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 14.878 1:34.391 22
10 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 15.919 1:34.183 20
11 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 19.416 1:33.660 2
12 44 I Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 18 25.511 1:35.773 14
13 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 18 26.312 1:35.150 10
14 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 27.361 1:34.331 16
15 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 29.571 1:34.516 25
16 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 31.589 1:33.384 4
17 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 33.187 1:34.888 26
18 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 33.518 1:35.026 27
19 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 36.676 1:34.331 11
20 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 18 45.436 1:36.806 23
21 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 18 45.831 1:34.557 18
22 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 52.080 1:34.623 21
23 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 1:49.546 1:34.385 17
24 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 17 + 1 LAP 1:33.712 6
25 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 17 + 1 LAP 1:35.282 28
R 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 DNF 1:35.504 7
R 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 13 DNF 1:34.543 15
R 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 DNF 1:34.296 8
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 10 DNF 1:37.520 29
R 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 4 DNF 1:34.483 30
BTCC points deficit after Round 28
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