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Cammish boosts BTCC title hopes win at Brands Hatch

Sunday, November 15 2020

Halfords Yuasa Racing's Dan Cammish produced one of the best performances of his BTCC career to claim victory in the opening race at Brands Hatch, whilst Laser Tools Racing's Ash Sutton moved ahead of Team BMW's Colin Turkington at the head of the overall standings.

Finals day kicked off amid awful conditions at the famous Kent venue as four of the five title contenders went wheel-to-wheel at the front of the field with reigning champion Turkington forced to take a back seat in the opener.

Sutton's Infiniti Q50 made the best getaway as he blasted by Rory Butcher's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus off the line, slotting into second behind pole-sitter Tom Ingram, and Cammish was soon into second as he took the wider line through Paddock Hill Bend.

The contest was simmering in the early laps before the Honda of Sam Osborne and VW of Glynn Geddie had a coming together on the run up to Druids, bringing about a brief safety car period.

The battle resumed following the restart and the moment of truth came on Lap 13 as Cammish squeezed his Honda Civic Type R down the inside of Ingram's Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters' Corolla as the pair climbed the hill towards Druids Hairpin. It was a tense moment as Cammish braked as late as he dared, just about stopping his #27 machine on the run through the slowest corner of track.

It was a fantastic move and one that saw Cammish largely cruise away… that was until Sutton also took his opportunity to pass Ingram through Surtees. Sutton set the fastest lap as he closed in on Cammish but his challenge came too late.

As the chequered flag fell it was Sutton who had now taken a two point lead over Turkington, whilst Cammish is now just 13 points in arrears with another pole position to come for race two. Ingram's solid podium saw him lose ground in the title fight with Butcher's fourth place forcing him out of overall contention.

Local team beat local driver to fifth place in this contest as Motorbase's Ollie Jackson held off MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square's Jake Hill, with Halfords Yuasa Racing's Matt Neal taking a relatively lonely seventh.

BTC Racing's Josh Cook passed Turkington following the restart to take eighth, with the latter seemingly struggling for pace in the wet conditions. Turkington's team-mate - Tom Oliphant - rounded out the top ten with the pair unable to extract any more pace from the BMW 3 Series.

2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship - Race 1 - Brands Hatch Indy

1           Dan CAMMISH (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing 27 laps
2           Ashley SUTTON (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +0.813s
3           Tom INGRAM (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +3.160s
4           Rory BUTCHER (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +6.538s
5          Ollie JACKSON (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +7.952s 
6           Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +9.273s
7           Matt NEAL (GBR)  Halfords Yuasa Racing +10.164s
8           Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +13.519s
9           Colin TURKINGTON (GBR)  Team BMW +18.283s 
10        Tom OLIPHANT (GBR)  Team BMW +19.339s
11        Adam MORGAN (GBR)  Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +21.167s
12        Tom CHILTON (GBR)  BTC Racing +21.621s
13        Chris SMILEY (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +23.221s 
14        Aiden MOFFAT (GBR)  Laser Tools Racing +23.649s
15        Paul RIVETT (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +31.348s
16        Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +31.760s
17        Jack GOFF (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +32.939s
18        Andy NEATE (GBR)  Motorbase Performance +36.294s
19        Senna PROCTOR (GBR)  Excelr8 Motorsport +38.121s
20       Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +39.758s
21        Brad PHILPOT (GBR)  Power Maxed Car Care Racing +42.563s
22        Ethan HAMMERTON (GBR)  GKR TradePriceCars.com +45.018s
23        Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +45.798s
24        Carl BOARDLEY (GBR)  HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +59.266s
25        Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR)  ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +9 laps
26        Sam OSBORNE (GBR)  MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +21 laps
27        Glynn GEDDIE (GBR)  RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +21 laps