Two in two for Cammish as Turkington secures unassailable standings lead
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish made it two wins in two with victory in Round 29 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, heading home team-mate Matt Neal for a second Honda one-two of the day, while Colin Turkington secured an unassailable lead atop the Drivers’ standings.
The manufacturer-backed Honda squad has endured an up-and-down campaign in 2018, and left it until finals day to enjoy their best results of the season. Cammish led from start-to-finish whilst Neal benefitted from mechanical failure for the WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda of Jack Goff.
“It was a tough ask to go and win that with the ballast on-board,” said Cammish. “I got my foot down early to see if I could make hay. In the middle of the race, I thought we’d have a good chance but the team came on the radio to say Matt (Neal) was struggling – I thought I had to push but quickly found I couldn’t push any more!”
Goff grabbed second early on and was pressuring Cammish for the lead when his car ground to a sudden halt on the run out on the Grand Prix circuit. Neal inherited second and followed his team-mate home for the second time today, whilst BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan completed the podium.
Jordan’s result had added significance because he kept the charging Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram behind him, with the Speedworks Motorsport star needing at least third place to keep his championship hopes alive.
Team BMW’s Turkington crossed the line in 22nd after a nervy nail-biting contest, but he had done enough to secure his third Drivers’ title. It has been an emphatic story of consistency for Colin during the 2018 season but this particular race proved dramatic as he tried to keep Ingram’s charge in sight. Unfortunate contact late on forced Turkington out of contention in the penultimate race of the season, but his hard work earlier in the season had already paid off.
Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat produced another great performance to take fifth, ahead of Tom Chilton’s Ford Focus and Senna Proctor’s Vauxhall Astra. Seventh placed proved a great return for outgoing champion Ash Sutton as the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing star surged through from the back of the grid.
Rob Austin (DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing) and Josh Cook (Power Maxed Racing) completed the podium positions.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 29 – Brands Hatch GP
1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 17 laps
2 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.595s
3 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.781s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +1.323s
5 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2.984s
6 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +3.166s
7 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +3.425s
8 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +5.938s
9 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +7.091s
10 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +13.356s
11 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +16.918s
12 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +17.049s
13 Dan LLOYD (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +17.509s
14 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +18.553s
15 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +18.765s
16 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +19.443s
17 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +20.434s
18 Ricky COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +20.845s
19 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +20.957s
20 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +23.381s
21 Josh CAYGILL (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +29.817s
22 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +37.033s
23 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +3 laps
24 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +4 laps
25 Ollie PIDGLEY (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +8 laps
26 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +12 laps
27 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +13 laps
28 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +15 laps
29 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +15 laps
30 Ethan HAMMERTON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +15 laps
31 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +17 laps