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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.

“That was the most difficult race of the year,” said Turkington. “I was trying so hard. We didn’t have the car to go forward. I was getting shuffled back so quickly. The emotions are just so raw. I was driving around there preparing for a dog fight in race three thinking ‘how on earth I was going to get forward’. I wasn’t expecting the news on the radio that I’d won. I’m so pleased for so many people. The first one, I really wanted it for me. It was my goal in 2009 and I wanted it more than anything.
 
“With BMW’s support coming on-board last year, it’s so special to win it for them. It’s an amazing achievement and for West Surrey Racing, too – they never give up. We’re always the last in the pits on Saturday evening – we just work, work, work. That’s the secret. We never had the fastest car this year, we just kept at it, scoring points. I’m so pleased for my family. We knew coming into the season that you’ve just got to score points. It’s very difficult to do as you can see from that race. I’ve had one win but ten podiums and they are as good as wins in this championship.
 
“This is the one that I wanted for my Mum, for Tipper (West Surrey Racing truck driver) and for Steve. There’s so many people that I wanted it for, I’m so pleased for them and for my mum.”
 
An equally emotional Ingram had just fallen short in his incredible challenge to win a maiden BTCC title, but the Toyota star was magnanimous in defeat, whilst also able to celebrate an unassailable lead in the Independent Drivers’ standings.
 
“I gave it everything I had,” said Ingram. “The boys worked so hard for that race as they have done all season. We had to give it everything but well done to Colin (Turkington), he’s done the job again. He’s ever the professional. He scores the points and knows what he needs to do. I’d have loved to have beaten him – maybe next year. We had no tyres left, no brakes left and there was nothing more I could have done. I gave it absolutely everything. For everyone at home that have shown us so much support this year, I can’t thank them enough.
 
“We’ve still got the Independent Teams’ to fight for as well as second spot in the Drivers’ to secure. I can’t thank everyone enough behind the scenes. We’ve had a stellar year. We had a series of circumstances that transpired against us this year but it’s what makes you want it even more. I’m going to have a little moment to myself but we know what we can work on and we’ll come back even stronger next year. We’ve not started yet!”

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

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
Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +3.166s
7 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +3.425s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +5.938s
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

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