Brands Hatch BTCC: Dan Cammish storms from 12th to win race one

Matt Kew
Cammish lights up title fight by winning from 12th
Cammish lights up title fight by winning from 12th

Dan Cammish headed a shock Team Dynamics one-two in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch as points leader and polesitter Colin Turkington dropped to fifth.

Honda Civic Type R driver Cammish shot from 12th in mixed conditions to score victory over team-mate Matt Neal by 7.882 seconds and in turn slashed Turkington's standings lead to just eight points.

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After getting stuck behind Jason Plato in qualifying, Cammish lined up just 12th ahead of Neal on the grid but progressive rain hurt the rear-wheel-drive competitors while Neal's gamble for wet tyres gifted him a late surge.

A sluggish getaway on the cambered surface at the start meant second-starting Ash Sutton swept around the outside of Turkington into Paddock Hill Bend to take the lead as Andrew Jordan, from third, attempted a similar move.

Turkington fought off his WSR BMW team-mate and then was able to keep with Sutton during the race's early phase.

Although he entered the race with a 17-point lead, Turkington did not sit back and went on the charge to dive his BMW 330i M Sport up the inside of Sutton into Druids to regain the lead.

With Sutton's line onto the back straight compromised as he tried to regain position, Rory Butcher and Jake Hill moved through for second and third place.

The race was then paused for a safety car as Matt Simpson continued his dismal weekend as he cannoned into the tyre wall at the top of Paddock Hill Bend.

During the lengthy delay Neal and Tom Chilton led a gamble to dive into the pits for wet tyres as rain hit.

Just after the restart Butcher sent his AMD Tuning car down the inside at Surtees to deprive Turkington of the lead as the front-wheel-drive runners began to move forward as grip levels decreased.

Cammish, having bolted to seventh on the opening lap, was another climber and tagged Sutton before passing.

He then latched onto Hill, with the Audi S3 driver suffering a big slide at Graham Hill Bend to gift Cammish second place.

Cammish lights up title fight by winning from 12th
Cammish lights up title fight by winning from 12th

A stunning move around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend on Butcher returned first as a late downpour gave the wet-shod runners a huge boost.

Cammish moved well clear for his second win of the season, while Neal and Chilton made a last-lap pass on Turkington and then Butcher to round out the podium.

NEWS UPDATE: Cammish penalised but keeps win

Butcher held fourth ahead of the reigning champion, while Mike Bushell headed Stephen Jelley for seventh.

Jordan continued to struggle in the mixed conditions and fell to eighth ahead of Jack Goff and Ollie Jackson.

Outside title hopefuls Tom Ingram and Jake Cook both failed to score, Ingram ending up 23rd following an incident with Sutton and Cook retiring.

Race one result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Laps

Gap

1

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

18

34m22.508s

2

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

18

2.882s

3

Tom Chilton

Motorbase Performance

Ford

18

3.306s

4

Rory Butcher

AmD Tuning

Honda

18

3.624s

5

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

18

5.370s

6

Mike Bushell

AmD Tuning

Honda

18

6.057s

7

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

18

6.916s

8

Andrew Jordan

WSR

BMW

18

7.634s

9

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

18

9.878s

10

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

18

10.919s

11

Ash Sutton

BMR Racing

Subaru

18

14.416s

12

Michael Caine

Motorbase Performance

Ford

18

20.511s

13

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

18

21.312s

14

Jason Plato

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

18

22.361s

15

Rob Collard

Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall

18

24.571s

16

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW

18

26.589s

17

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

Volkswagen

18

28.187s

18

Daniel Rowbottom

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

18

28.518s

19

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

18

31.676s

20

Rob Smith

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

18

40.436s

21

Bobby Thompson

Team Hard

Volkswagen

18

40.831s

22

Mark Blundell

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

18

47.080s

23

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

18

1m44.546s

24

Michael Crees

Team Hard

Volkswagen

17

1 Lap

-

Jake Hill

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

17

Retirement

-

Chris Smiley

BTC Racing

Honda

14

Retirement

-

Senna Proctor

BMR Racing

Subaru

13

Retirement

-

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

11

Retirement

-

Sam Osborne

Excelr8 Motorsport

MG

10

Retirement

-

Matt Simpson

Simpson Racing

Honda

4

Retirement

Leading drivers' standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Colin Turkington

310

2

Dan Cammish

302

3

Andrew Jordan

288

4

Josh Cook

263

5

Rory Butcher

242

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