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BTCC rookie Dan Cammish ready to impress at Brands debut

Wednesday, March 28 2018

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rookie Dan Cammish will make his series debut at Brands Hatch next weekend (7/8 April) on board the BTCC's newest car.

Dan, who has dominated the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for the last three seasons, winning the championship twice. He was announced as the replacement for the outgoing Gordon Shedden in the all-conquering Honda squad and will debut the all-new Honda Civic Type R alongside Matt Neal next weekend.

"It's great to finally be in Touring Cars after a fair few years of trying to join the grid," said Dan. "To get the chance with Halfords Yuasa Racing is an amazing opportunity; this drive has only been available once in the last few years."

The switch means that Dan will be replacing two BTCC legends; triple champion Gordon Shedden and the previous-generation Civic Type R. The combination won back-to-back titles in 2015-16, so the Yorkshireman will have his work cut out this year.

"We're working hard on the car at the moment," Dan said. "I think it's definitely going to be a step on last year's car, it's just for me it's all new; not just front-wheel-drive and front engine, but the fact that there's so much you can play with compared to what I have been doing. It's important not to get carried away with the timesheet too much until we set up at Brands Hatch with the qualifying."

Nevertheless Dan ended the first official test within a second of the fastest car, and encouragingly under two hundredths of a second slower than teammate Matt Neal, himself a three-time BTCC champion.

"I think I am on the pace," said Dan, who so far has had to leave the lion's share of the testing with his teammate. "The thing is I think my lap times at the moment are pretty much comparable to what Matt does, so there's no gain really in giving me much more time, there's more gain in developing the car.

"He's the best guy for that, he knows what the changes do and how they take effect, I don't. When we had just the one car, it was best he did more of the laps than I did. So it's been an interesting pre-season, different to any I've had before obviously, I've come from a spec formula where you're a customer and you get given a car, whereas in this it's a prototype."

Now Dan's own car has been built, he has one more official test, at Brands Hatch on Thursday, before the teams all meet again for the opening rounds just over a week later. Dan's confident he can be on the pace.

"It's certainly different, but it's still a racing car," he said. "You've still got to put certain inputs to get the balance and everything else, so I'm not new to that or racing. I think I've got my head round it pretty quickly, and we'll see what we can do."

Tickets for the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April available from £28, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.