CAMMISH COLLECTS WIN AFTER BUTCHER MISFORTUNE
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish inherited victory in Round 4 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship after late disaster for long-time leader Rory Butcher at Brands Hatch.
The Motorbase Performance Ford Focus of Butcher controlled much of the race – albeit coming under constant pressure from Cammish and reigning champion Colin Turkington – before a late safety car period bunched up the field.
Ironically, the delay was caused following contact between Matt Neal’s Honda and Aiden Moffat’s Infiniti and the situation eventually played into Cammish’s hands as Butcher suffered with a puncture immediately after the restart.
Cammish had driven well throughout the contest and following his own penultimate lap heartbreak on the Grand Prix circuit last season, it was maybe poetic for the Yorkshireman that he was able to benefit from a rival’s misfortune.
An emotional Cammish admitted to shedding a tear as he crossed the line as he finally banished those painful championship memories from last November, when his title challenge ended in the barrier at Hawthorn Bend.
“It was very tough coming back here,” said Cammish. “I had a lump in my throat yesterday and, I won’t lie, I shed a few tears then. For the team to bounce back and for me mentally to recover, I’m really pleased and so proud of everyone involved.
“What a race car they’ve given me. I pushed Rory early on, I didn’t let him have it easy. I had to give him a bit of a break in the middle of the race. I knew if I kept pushing him, obviously with what happened in practice with his blown tyre, I just thought maybe the car couldn’t take it and low and behold it just let go I think with a couple of laps to go.
“Very sorry for him, it’s a shame but the pressure we’ve put on there made him drive the car beyond the limit. But I’m really pleased, the guys have given me a great car so I’m happy to get to the end of that one. Another win. It’s my third race one win in three years here, four out of seven. So we’ve got to be doing a good job here at Brands Hatch GP.”
Team BMW’s Turkington produced an extremely professional drive as he picked off a couple of places before settling for second, but the podium was completed by a jubilant Ollie Jackson.
A consolation prize for Motorbase may be but much much more for Jackson as he scored a second career BTCC podium, and it was fully on merit and speed around the legendary 2.43-mile circuit.
“It’s a shame that it’s at Rory’s expense, and it’s overall for the team a bit of a kicker but my second podium, I’m so happy,” said Jackson. “It was tough running in the heat but we got there in the end.”
The two Toms – Ingram and Chilton – were in feisty mood as the experienced pair shuffled Jake Hill down the order before they kicked off their own little battle. Toyota man Ingram took fourth at the finish, just ahead of Chilton’s BTC Racing Honda and the Infiniti of Ash Sutton.
Donington finale victor Sutton has been unable to show race-winning pace so far this weekend but the talented racer expertly hauled his #116 machine up the order to claim a valuable top six finish.
EXCELR8 Motorsport continue to score well in the all-new Hyundai as Senna Proctor grabbed a season-best seventh place ahead of the recovering Tom Oliphant, who endured a wild slide across the grass in the early laps.
Team Parker Racing’s Stephen Jelley quietly went about his business to claim ninth with MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Hill having to settle for tenth at the finish.
2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Race 1 – Brands Hatch GP
1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 18 laps
2 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.812s
3 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +1.994s
4 Tom INGRAM (GBR ) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +2.341s
5 Tom CHILTON (GBR) BTC Racing +2.820s
6 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +2.965s
7 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +5.273s
8 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +5.587s
9 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +5.745s
10 Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +6.917s
11 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +7.121s
12 Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +7.652s
13 James GORNALL (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +9.038s
14 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +9.545s
15 Chris SMILEY (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +10.434s
16 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +10.598s
17 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +11.087s
18 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +11.317s
19 Andy NEATE (GBR) Motorbase Performance +12.321s
20 Ollie BROWN (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Team HARD +13.595s
21 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +13.820s
22 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +19.974s
23 Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +20.161s
24 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +1 lap
25 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Motorbase Performance +3 laps
26 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +7 laps