Dan Cammish was delighted with his Donington Park weekend in the British Touring Car Championship, with the NAPA Racing UK driver claiming a double victory just days after his wedding.
Cammish, who endured one of his worst weekends of the season at the circuit just 12 months ago, was on the pace throughout the weekend in his Motorbase Performance-run Ford Focus ST.
The 34-year-old qualified in fifth on Saturday, but when there was contact between Ash Sutton and Jake Hill at the start of race one, Cammish was able to gain a place, before then moving into second before the end of the opening lap.
He followed the BMW of Hill for most of the race, before making a bold pass through the Craner Curves and into the Old Hairpin just three laps from the finish, before going on to secure the win.
Cammish led for the opening seven laps of the second encounter, before the heavens opened and his slick tyres became untenable.
After pitting for wets, Cammish emerged in 16th and he made up three places before the chequered flag flew.
Initially it looked like he had missed out on a reverse-grid slot for the final race, but when Ronan Pearson was excluded after failing the post-race ride height check, Cammish was promoted to 12th in the result.
With the top dozen being reversed for the final race, it gave Cammish pole for the final sprint. He went on to claim a lights-to-flag victory to end the weekend as the championship leader and with his first double win in the BTCC since the 2018 season finale.
“What a fantastic day,” said Cammish. “Twelve months on from a bit of a shocker, to bounce back with two wins is great.
“Race two was interesting, wasn’t it, with slicks in the rain… We had a chance and we had to make a call. I realised that, to be honest, I was already in a bad place when people pitted on the green flag lap.
“I think I was so focussed on the fact that the race win had gone, I didn’t really think. What I should have done is switch to thinking about the reverse grid.
“I’ve had such a stroke of luck – and I’m sorry for Ronan about what happened in race two because he obviously had a great race and I’m sure it failed by very little – but his loss was my gain. Sometimes you need a bit of luck.
“But the key is, last year I had a car that I couldn’t go forward with. If that was last year, I’d have come back out in 17th and I’d have finished 16th.
“But this year I’ve got a car that helps me to go forward and I recovered to 13th, and that was 12th when it mattered for the reverse grid.
“It wasn’t just luck, I needed the performance to do that and that’s what I didn’t have last year, so I’m really proud of all the guys at NAPA.
“What a day – I’m over the moon. It’s my first weekend as a married man and I’ve got two wins, so it’s been great!”