DAN CAMMISH CLAIMS SEASON OPENER
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish claimed victory in the season opener at Donington Park as the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship finally got underway.
Britain’s biggest and best motorsport series commenced in typically dramatic fashion as pole-sitter Colin Turkington fended off Laser Tools Racing’s Ash Sutton and Cammish off the line.
Sutton’s Inifiniti had already got by Cammish’s Honda Civic Type R into Redgate for the first time and the 2017 champion was immediately looking for the lead.
The critical moment of the contest came on lap 4 as Sutton got the switchback on Team BMW’s Turkington on the exit of the Old Hairpin. The pair touched slightly on the run up to McLeans and Cammish incredibly squeezed by both of them, whilst slight contact from Tom Ingram’s Toyota tapped Turkington’s BMW into Sutton.
When the dust eventually settled Sutton’s car was left stranded on the grass, with Cammish now leading from Turkington and Motorbase Performance’s Rory Butcher.
That’s how the leading trio remained until the finish but there was plenty of action behind for the other points paying positions.
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters’ Ingram and Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal shuffled Tom Oliphant’s BMW down a couple of places late on to eventually finish in fourth and fifth respectively, whilst Oliphant should still be pleased with his top six result.
Sam Osborne, Chris Smiley and Stephen Jelley all produced fantastic drives – for different reasons – to come home seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Osborne scored a career best seventh, whilst Smiley’s result was a great return for the all-new Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai. Team Parker Racing’s Jelley started 15th, but the experienced racer picked his way through the pack to improve by six positions during the race.
BTC Racing’s Tom Chilton completed the top ten order.
A safety car was called for on lap 11 as Senna Proctor’s Hyundai retired with a mechanical failure, whilst almost simultaneously Nic Hamilton went off into the gravel at the final corner.
Whilst the leading order remained relatively calm following the late restart, it did provide the recovering Sutton with the chance to fight back through. The young charger was fired up – improving from 22nd to 14th as the chequered flag fell – breaking the existing lap record in the process to score a valuable bonus point.
Round 2 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will take place at 1330 will all the action being streamed live and exclusively on ITV4.
Dan Cammish said: “I knew Ash would be quite aggressive with Colin, I was banking on it. When he made his move I made mine as well and made it stick. I had a hairy moment at the old hairpin which would have been embarrassing when you’ve got that much of a gap. But I gathered it up and held on til the end.
“It was a really ballsy move for Ash to go around the outside of Colin up the hill and he made it stick, once he opened the corner up for himself I think he forgot about me! I just drove into the gap and he tried to squeeze me across and I thought ‘not today, I’m not having it!’ and hung onto it and off we go, and then chaos ensues unfortunately for Ash.”
Colin Turkington said: “You like to get the win, but the priority is to finish and score well three times this weekend. I know it’s difficult to win them all, so it’s a fantastic result for me and for Team BMW.
2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Race 1 – Donington Park
1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 19 laps
2 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.707s
3 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Motorbase Performance +1.144s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR ) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +1.941s
5 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +2.817s
6 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +3.722s
7 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +4.855s
8 Chris SMILEY (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +5.492s
9 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +7.322s
10 Tom CHILTON (GBR) BTC Racing +7.623s
11 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +7.936s
12 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +8.249s
13 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +9.498s
14 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +9.595s
15 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +11.457s
16 Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +13.075s
17 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +13.398s
18 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +13.837s
19 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +14.266s
20 Andy NEATE (GBR) Motorbase Performance +14.599s
21 Ollie BROWN (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Team HARD +15.050s
22 Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +19.350s
23 James GORNALL (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +2 laps
24 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +9 laps
25 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +10 laps
26 Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +13 laps