Dan Cammish takes lights-to-flag Thruxton win

Dan Cammish secured his first British Touring Car Championship victory of the season with a faultless drive in race one at Thruxton.

The pole sitter left the drama behind him to build a lead early on, and managed the gap to the rest of the field through the 16 lap race.

The win is the NAPA Racing UK driver’s first of the season since the final round of the 2020 season.

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Behind Cammish was a typically dramatic BTCC race, starting with the battle for second.

Off the line, Josh Cook found himself under attack from Ash Sutton and Jake Hill. Sutton and Cook made contact as Sutton came through and Cook was sent sideways through the grass.

He managed to regain control of his BTC Racing run Honda but dropped down the order and returned to the track in P18.

Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden managed to avoid the drama to come through and take second, but he still had Sutton on his tail. The pair fought for second, allowing Cammish to pull away further ahead and for Hill to rejoin the battle.

In the second half of the race, MB Motorsport’s Hill seemed to lose pace compared to Shedden and Sutton, and it was a two car fight for the remainder of the race.

The pair began to close the gap late on, but were still more than a second behind Shedden at the chequered flag.

Hill finished fourth ahead of Power Maxed Racing’s Ash Hand, who had a lonely race in P5.

It was a messy first lap elsewhere in the pack, with a number of drivers making contact. Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Chilton was sent through the grass at high speed and came into the pits after the opening lap, while Toyota’s Ricky Collard was left scrambling to stay in control of his Corolla and dropped down the order.

Fellow Toyota driver Rory Butcher faired much better. He spent the race battling with Dan Rowbottom but managed to climb up to P6, with Rowbottom close behind. Michael Crees joined the fight late on and almost snatched seventh, finishing just 0.325s behind Rowbottom.

Excelr8’s Tom Ingram and Team BMW’s Colin Turkington completed the top ten.

Stephen Jelley led a train of cars over the line in 11th, including Cook who recovered to finish P13.

Further back, it was a frantic battle just outside the points. Aiden Moffatt managed to hold off Dan Lloyd to finish P16 while Jade Edwards was locked in a battle with Jack Butel and Ollie Jackson. A sideways moment for Butel sent Edwards off to avoid the car. Edwards then collected an advertising boarding, but raced well with it stuck to the front of her car. She managed to come out at the front of the group and defended well against Jackson, but ultimately fell backwards with an issue late on.

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:35 BST.

Race results

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 16 20:42.490 1:16.699 1
2 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 16 1.050 1:16.609 5
3 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 16 1.684 1:16.766 4
4 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 16 5.136 1:16.784 3
5 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 10.109 1:17.204 6
6 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 16 13.243 1:17.451 12
7 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 16 13.915 1:17.237 8
8 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 14.240 1:17.417 7
9 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 16.047 1:17.661 13
10 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 16 16.650 1:17.685 15
11 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 16 18.976 1:17.667 16
12 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 16 19.292 1:17.337 14
13 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 19.685 1:16.890 2
14 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 20.331 1:17.708 11
15 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 16 21.643 1:17.734 23
16 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 28.871 1:17.930 18
17 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 29.006 1:18.062 20
18 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 16 33.268 1:18.255 24
19 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 16 33.268 1:18.375 26
20 96 M Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 16 35.861 1:18.326 21
21 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 36.000 1:18.422 22
22 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 16 36.460 1:18.143 10
23 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 16 37.061 1:18.474 25
24 15 I Tom OLIPHANT Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 16 42.263 1:18.656 29
25 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 44.279 1:18.162 19
26 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 16 48.598 1:19.385 28
27 62 I Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 16 49.027 1:19.228 27
28 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 1 Lap 1:17.377 9
R 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 4 DNF 1:17.150 17
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