Honda ‘raring to go’ at Knockhill
Honda’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship drivers Dan Cammish and Matt Neal head for the Scotland and Knockhill Circuit next weekend with wind in their sails following the Thruxton race weekend which saw the team take its largest points haul of the season and Cammish rocket to his – and the team’s – first race victory of 2019.
The Honda Civic Type Rs were on the podium in all three races in Hampshire, elevating Cammish to third in the Drivers’ Championship, closing up the manufacturer battle and resulting in Halfords Yuasa Racing regaining the lead of the Teams’ points table.
The tight and twisting Knockhill circuit in Fife generally favours the rear-wheel drive cars of Honda’s closest rivals but the team will be buoyed by its recent form and the knowledge that Cammish was the fastest in qualifying at the 2018 meeting, going on to secure a brace of podium finishes.
With just nine races left in the 2019 championship, Honda is hopeful that it is hitting peak form at just the right time.
“Thruxton was a great weekend for me and the team,” said Cammish. “To get the monkey off our back with our first win of the season was awesome, and to come away from that round with the biggest points haul I have ever accumulated in one BTCC weekend was amazing.
“I took my maiden pole position at Knockhill last year and I really like the track – it’s great for the spectators as they can get really close to the action and it’s great to drive, there is really no respite and you have to take your chances and be brave to overtake. I certainly have my eye on the prize now being just 34 points off the top of the table so I will be trying to put my Honda Civic Type R at the sharp end again this weekend, I can’t wait.”
“After a tough qualifying at Thruxton, I got my head down and made some great progress in the first race to finish eighth and to complete the day with two visits to the podium was fantastic,” said Neal. “This has brought us right back in the game now for the drivers, teams and manufacturers championships, so onwards and upwards!
“I love Knockhill, it doesn’t necessarily suit front-wheel-drive cars with the slow hairpin at Taylors and then the steep uphill climb on the main straight. But our tails are most certainly up, so we’ll be taking the fight to our rivals for sure. I’m raring to go.”