Dan Cammish holds off late pressure from Ash Sutton to storm to race one victory

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish fended off late pressure from a charging Ash Sutton to win in the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the 2020 season finale at Brands Hatch.

Starting from fourth on the grid, the 2019 runner-up got off to a storming start, braving it around the outside of front row starter Rory Butcher at Paddock Hill Bend to take third, before challenging Sutton for second position.

At the start of the fourth tour, Cammish lunged to the inside of Sutton at Paddock Hill Bend, with the latter running wide and allowing the Honda to complete the move down the inside into Druids.

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His attention then turned to taking the lead from polesitter Tom Ingram, nearly losing out to Sutton after an attempt at Clearways before a safety car interrupted play due to contact between Glynn Geddie and Sam Osborne at Druids on lap seven.

Once the race restarted on lap 12, Ingram was immediately forced to defend from Cammish before a dramatic move for the lead two laps later saw Cammish sideways on the grass on the entry to Druids as the pair went side-by-side before the Honda racer completed the manoeuvre.

As Cammish pulled away out front, Sutton’s Infiniti Q50 seemingly came alive in the latter stages, passing Ingram’s Toyota Corolla on the exit of Graham Hill Bend on the 22nd tour and passing down the inside to complete the move into Surtees.

The 2017 champion would then claim a crucial point for fastest lap as he chased Cammish for the lead, finishing second on the road and regaining the lead of the championship from erstwhile leader Colin Turkington by two points as the latter languished down in ninth position.

Outside of the podium positions, the Motorbase Performance duo of Rory Butcher and Ollie Jackson brought home fourth and fifth respectively on home soil for the Kent-based squad, while MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill maintained his grid position to the flag by coming home sixth.

Triple champion Matt Neal was next in seventh, ahead of fellow FK8 Honda Civic Type R runner Josh Cook, who passed the Team BMW pair of Turkington and Tom Oliphant to manage eighth position as the BMW duo rounded out the top ten positions in ninth and tenth.

In 11th position was Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan on the swansong weekend for the venerable Mercedes-Benz A-Class, ahead of Tom Chilton in the second of the BTC Racing Honda Civics.

Excler8 Motorsport’s Chris Smiley came home 13th in his Hyundai, while Aiden Moffat and Paul Rivett completed the points-paying positions.

The second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch Indy is scheduled to get underway at 12:35 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 27 26:45.259 55.307 4
2 116 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 0.813 55.069 3
3 80 M Tom INGRAM Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 27 3.160 55.538 1
4 6 I Rory BUTCHER Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 6.538 55.575 2
5 48 I Ollie JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 7.952 55.656 5
6 24 I Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 27 9.273 55.587 6
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 10.164 55.593 7
8 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 13.519 55.835 10
9 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 18.283 55.977 8
10 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 27 19.339 55.912 12
11 32 I Adam MORGAN Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 21.167 56.230 17
12 3 I Tom CHILTON BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 21.621 55.992 16
13 22 I Chris SMILEY Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 23.221 56.087 15
14 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 27 23.649 55.870 13
15 222 I Paul RIVETT GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 31.348 56.459 9
16 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 31.760 56.370 11
17 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 27 32.939 56.542 14
18 44 I Andy NEATE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 27 36.294 56.612 20
19 18 I Senna PROCTOR Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 Fastback N 27 38.121 56.675 27
20 777 I Michael CREES The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 39.758 57.029 22
21 49 I Brad PHILPOT Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 42.563 57.081 25
22 23 I Ethan HAMMERTON GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 27 45.018 56.936 23
23 32 I Jack BUTEL Carlube Triple R Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 45.798 57.084 26
24 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Team HARD. BMW 125i M Sport 18 59.266 57.287 18
R 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 6 DNF 58.412 19
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type-R 6 DNF 57.083 21
R 88 I Glynn GEDDIE RCIB Insurance Racing with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 0 DNF 57.062 24

BTCC points deficit after Round 25
Graphic: TouringCars.Net

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