Honda driver Dan Kamish won the first race of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, while second place boosted Ash Sutton’s top spot.
Sutton’s Cammish kept charging, the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 cut the gap to the Team Dynamics-powered Civic Type R once it hit second.
Cammish lined up fourth, and even temporarily dropped to fifth behind the fast-paced Ford Focus engine off the line, but Yorkshireman used a wide line around Paddock Hill Bend not only to bid farewell to Jackson, but another location on Ford’s other Motorbase from Rory Butcher.
The Butcher made it difficult for Cammish, which made him go a long way around the Druids as well, but Honda took third place inside Graham Hill Bend.
On the front, Tom Ingram has a hard pole escape and is driven by a Toyota Corolla operated by Speedworks Motorsport from Sutton, but Cammish quickly grabs the groundbreaking duo.
Honda was clearly the fastest car at this point in the race, and when Sutton ran wide under pressure at Paddock Hill Bend on the fourth lap, Cammish rose from the inside to finish second in the Druids.
Now Kamish began pushing – and pushing – Ingram, who said he had been unsteady in the front of a Toyota throughout the race, but that in turn made him vulnerable to Sutton, who was about to catch up when the safety car was called after a clash between Sam Osborne And Glenn Jedi in The Druids.
Again it’s the interior to Druids, but Ingram didn’t give it much space and Honda fell under the brakes thanks to the right front wheel on the lawn.
With seven laps remaining, Kamish had built a gap of more than one second, and this doubled when Ingram came under pressure from Sutton.
Sutton found a way past Toyota to Surtees with just over five laps, but Cammish’s margin is now 2. 561 seconds.
Now, Sutton, who had reported that his Infiniti took time to run its tires, was flying, and had the critical point on the fastest lap away from Camish.
Kamish kept winning 0. 813s, with Ingram III and Butcher, whose title chances are now microscopic, finished fourth.
“We knew we had a fast racing car, and I’m glad I used it really well,” Kamish said.
Regarding the passage on Ingram, he added, “I am sure you intended to leave a little space for the man past you – the right front was on the lawn.
Jackson’s strong drive meant he had completed Motorbase 4-5, with Jake Hill chasing Fords in his AMD-run MB Motorsport Honda to take sixth place.
Matt Neill was seventh ever in the other Dynamics Honda, and he was first pre-race point leader Colin Turkington behind him in his BMW 330i M Sport run by West Surrey Racing. .
But Turkington didn’t have the pace for the top contenders, losing eighth place to BTC Racing Honda from Josh Cooke, just after the safety car..
This means that Turkington is now two points behind Sutton, with Camish only 13 points from the summit and Ingram retreating 26, with a total of 44 at the table..
British Touring Car Championship, Brand Hatch Circuit, Tom Ingram, Ashley Sutton, Daniel Kamish, Colin Turkington, Jake Hill
World News – GB – Brands Hatch BTCC: Cammish wins first race Sutton takes the points
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