Cammish on top at Thruxton
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish continued his solid form for by topping the opening Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Free Practice session at Thruxton.
Cammish has scored seven podiums from 12 races since Britain’s premier motorsport series made its first visit of the season to the Hampshire track back in May, proving he is one of the leading protagonists in this year’s title race.
The Honda manufacturer squad is still searching for its first win of 2019, however, with Cammish and team-mate Matt Neal hoping to break their duck this weekend at what is often a favourable circuit for the Team Dynamics-run squad.
Yorkshireman Cammish clocked a 1:16.888s lap time on a damp but trying track this morning, which was enough to edge out Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ash Sutton and BTC Racing’s Josh Cook.
“I enjoy driving in the sunshine,” said Cammish. “It looked in and out weather wise all week but it’s something I can’t control and you’ve got to get on with it. I’ve become more confident in the rain over the years and I’m as good there as in the dry. So far, so good. The track’s green and damp we had a lot of rain overnight. It got better but you can see from the times we’re still some way away from where we were a month ago.
“We’ll go out in FP2 and wring its neck a bit more. I’m coming off the back of some really good races now. I’ve had seven podiums in 12 and I think I’ve got all the ingredients. We’ve got a bit more weight on now but here it’s less of a penalty. Fingers crossed!”
BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan led the way until late on but eventually had to settle for fourth, ahead of the ever-improving Mercedes of Adam Morgan.
Neal was sixth in the other works-backed Honda Civic Type R with the Speedworks-run Toyota Corolla of Tom Ingram next up in the order.
Tom Oliphant and Colin Turkington ensured that all three BMW 3 Series’ were inside the top ten – in eighth and tenth respectively – whilst Dan Rowbottom completed a good morning’s work for the Ciceley-run Mercedes by claiming ninth.
The BTCC boys will be back on track at 12:05 for final practice, with the all-important qualifying session commencing of 15:25 – the latter being streamed live via www.itv.com/btcc.
2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Free Practice 1 – Thruxton
1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 1m16.888s
2 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.174s
3 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.195s
4 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.318s
5 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.379s
6 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.452s
7 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +0.483s
8 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.549s
9 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +0.584s
10 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.668s
11 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.687s
12 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.696s
13 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.707s
14 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.747s
15 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +0.930s
16 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +0.939s
17 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.040s
18 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +1.060s
19 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +1.166s
20 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +1.212s
21 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.267s
22 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.290s
23 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +1.381s
24 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +1.847s
25 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2.000s
26 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +2.021s
27 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +2.237s
28 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +2.625s
29 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +3.252s
30 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +3.946s