Dan Cammish converts pole to victory after tight battle with Tom Ingram in race one

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish converted pole position into victory after a tight battle with Tom Ingram in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone.

Despite starting further back on his grid slot, Cammish managed to hold off Ingram’s attack into Copse on the opening lap, but would seemingly lose out on the exit of Luffield on the fifth tour as the safety car was simultaneously called for an incident between Michael Crees’s Honda and James Gornall’s Audi.

While Ingram completed the move into Copse, Cammish was deemed to be ahead at the timing line and so the pair swapped back for the restart, after which the Honda racer held off pressure from the Toyota Corolla to eventually extended his lead to over a second at the flag.

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Completing the podium was Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher, who put in a defensive masterclass in his Ford Focus ST to hold off reigning champion Colin Turkington after race-long pressure from the BMW 330i M Sport.

Turkington did have Tom Oliphant playing rear gunner and holding off championship leader Ash Sutton before the Brands Hatch winner suffered a left-rear suspension failure after cutting the inside kerb at Copse corner and forcing him to retire.

As Butcher defended from Turkington, Sutton was able to close in and applied to the pressure in a three-way fight for the podium, but ultimately Sutton would be forced to settle for fifth.

A further two seconds behind was Adam Morgan’s Merecedes-Benz A-Class ahead of Jake Hill’s MB Motorsport Honda Civic Type R, with the pair running in splendid isolation to bring home sixth and seventh respectively.

Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal survived a tight skirmish in which he was tagged into a slide at Becketts, but held on to place eighth at the flag, with a comfortable gap to Stephen Jelley’s BMW 1 Series, while Thruxton race winner Josh Cook completed the top ten runners.

Next was Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat in the second Infiniti Q50 in 11th, while a tight battle for 12th saw Carl Boardley steal a position from Ollie Jackson by just 0.017s at the line.

In 14th was Senna Proctor’s Hyundai i30 Fastback N, while Tom Chilton’s BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R rounded out the points-paying positions in 15th.

The second race of the day at Silverstone for the British Touring Car Championship is scheduled to get underway at 14:47 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 25 25:43.206 57.750 1
2 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 25 1.081 57.848 2
3 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 25 4.468 58.004 3
4 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 25 4.815 57.972 4
5 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 5.049 57.845 7
6 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 7.516 58.144 8
7 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 25 8.957 58.134 10
8 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 25 9.368 57.965 6
9 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 25 10.856 58.135 14
10 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 25 14.030 58.098 12
11 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 25 17.706 58.390 15
12 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 25 18.898 58.493 13
13 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 25 18.915 58.464 11
14 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 25 19.500 58.540 16
15 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 25 19.713 58.199 9
16 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 25 20.870 58.436 21
17 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 25 22.368 58.580 17
18 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 25 22.812 58.560 19
19 8 I Tom ONSLOW-COLE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 25 23.639 58.468 20
20 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 24.784 58.705 27
21 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 25 25.131 58.497 23
22 180 I James GORNALL GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 25 25.412 58.402 26
23 9 I Jade EDWARDS Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 25 27.430 58.551 25
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 25 29.812 58.700 24
R 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 12 DNF 58.128 5
R 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 4 DNF 59.047 22
R 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 2 DNF N/A 18

BTCC points deficit after Round 16
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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