Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish said he had to capitalise on the “potential” of his Honda Civic Type R in the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the 2020 season finale at Brands Hatch.
In wet conditions, Cammish stormed to victory from fourth on the grid after enjoying great pace and passing first Rory Butcher and Ash Sutton before making the move for the lead on Tom Ingram with a brave move on the inside line of Druids.
Thereafter, the 2019 runner-up managed to build a gap that would prove crucial in the closing stages as Sutton put in the fastest lap and cut the lead deficit to within a second at the chequered flag.
“It’s all about trying to score as many points as you can, and when you’ve got a car that’s clearly got the potential, you’ve got to use it,” said Cammish.
“In touring cars, you get your moments and you have your days where you can take advantage and you’ve got to. I’ve been in many fights with Tom Ingram this year where he’s had a slight advantage, but this morning, we managed to reverse that.
“You’ve got to give as good as you get. I’m really pleased with the result, both for myself and for everybody at Team Dynamics. We were quick yesterday and we knew we had a good race car, so I’m really glad we put it to good use. First blood to me, but we’ve got to go back and see if we can improve again because everybody else will.”
The result moves Cammish just 13 points adrift of Sutton’s championship lead, but he was keen to outline that he is not going to “get ahead of himself,” citing last year’s season finale and saying that “anything can happen” with two races remaining.
“After what happened last year, I think my outlook’s probably changed a little bit – you don’t get ahead of yourself until you’re on your way home, halfway up the motorway with the trophy in your hand! Anything can happen in this game and it usually does, as I proved last year! I’m just here to enjoy it.
“I think sometimes, I get a bit caught up with the pressure and the racing that I forget that I’m in a very privileged position to do what I do. I love what I do, and I hope the fans enjoyed it at home today. I can’t wait to see you all again next year!”
The second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch Indy is scheduled to get underway at 12:35 BST.