NAPA Racing UK’s Dan Cammish was relieved to finally score his first win of the season in the British Touring Car Championship races at Thruxton, giving him a first victory in almost two years.
Cammish, 33, was on top form on Saturday, putting his Ford Focus on pole by a slender 0.017 seconds from BTC Racing’s Josh Cook.
The Motorbase driver then converted that into victory with a lights-to-flag win in Sunday’s opening race, before playing the team game in race two to allow team-mate Ash Sutton the win near the end of the race, with Cammish coming home in second.
Remarkably for the team with the ‘superstar’ driver line-up, race one marked the first double podium of 2022 for the outfit.
In race three, from tenth on the partially reversed grid, Cammish brought his car home in tenth to secure more points and ensure he leaves Thruxton joint eighth overall in the drivers’ championship standings.
“To finally take our first win of the season, and to do it in the manner we did from pole, is fantastic and especially after such a long time coming,” said Cammish. “It’s a great reward for everyone who has kept the faith.
“We took an amazing pole in qualifying, the first for NAPA Racing UK, and it was a great start to race one which I was really happy about.
“It was one of those funny races where because when you’re not under much pressure from behind you can let your mind wander a bit and then you realise that they’re starting to catch you and then you’re like how do I get back into a rhythm here.
“In race two, it was all about what was best for the team and for the championship. I did everything right, it would’ve been two wins from two, but at the end of the day it’s a team game and it was the right choice to make.”
“If this makes the difference then it will all be worth it.”