BTCC Brands Hatch R1: Cammish grabs win after Butcher hooks puncture

Marcus Simmons
·4-min read
Cammish scoops Brands Hatch BTCC race 1 win
Cammish scoops Brands Hatch BTCC race 1 win

Honda's Dan Cammish took a dramatic win in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship round at Brands Hatch after a late puncture hit long-time leader Rory Butcher.

Butcher had led through the first 12 of the originally scheduled 15 laps, the new Ford Focus ST of local team Motorbase Performance looking capable of defending all the way from Cammish.

Cammish would occasionally bring the Team Dynamics-run Civic Type R onto the rear bumper of Butcher before dropping away again, and this enabled BMW's championship leader Colin Turkington to make it a three-way fight at the front that was more socially distanced than frenetic.

Butcher had a 0.682-seconds advantage over Cammish when the safety car appeared, thanks to Cammish's Honda team-mate Matt Neal hitting the barriers on the outside of Hawthorns after a collision as he tried to prise 17th position away from Aiden Moffat.

The interlude set up a three-lap dash to the finish, but the cars had hardly got going again before Cammish was diving up the inside of Butcher into Druids, with plumes of smoke from the left-front of the Ford indicating the drama that had hit the Scot, who also went off in Saturday's FP1 session with a left-front puncture.

This gave Cammish, carrying 54kg of success ballast on his Honda, his second win of the season over Turkington, who was lugging the full 60kg on his West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport.

Cammish scoops Brands Hatch BTCC race 1 win
Cammish scoops Brands Hatch BTCC race 1 win

While there was heartbreak for Motorbase with the fate of Butcher, there was joy too as Ollie Jackson brought his unballasted Focus through to third.

Jackson survived a brush with Cammish off the grid, which forced him to brush the inside barrier, to settle into an early fourth ahead of the AmD-run MB Motorsport Honda of Jake Hill and the Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota Corolla of Tom Ingram.

Ingram had just nipped inside Hill to grab fifth before the safety car, and the elderly Civic plummeted down the order after the restart.

Jackson therefore had Ingram, Tom Chilton (BTC Racing Honda) and Ash Sutton - who had hauled his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti through from 14th on the grid - behind him for the final sprint to the flag.

Jackson stayed firm, perhaps helped by Ingram having a charging Chilton to deal with, their duel including a front-to-rear kiss at Graham Hill Bend.

Sutton, who suffered a lack of grip in qualifying, was showing the flipside of that particular coin in the race and had the best race pace of the leading runners immediately before the safety car as he latched onto the battle ahead.

Senna Proctor claimed seventh in his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai, while Tom Oliphant hauled the second BMW up to eighth after dropping to 15th on the opening lap when a clash with Josh Cook forced him onto the grass on the run to Westfield.

That incident eventually forced Cook to the pits to have grass cleared from the radiator of his BTC Honda, although not before he had set fastest lap.

Stephen Jelley just lost out to Oliphant on the sprint to the line in his Team Parker Racing BMW 125i, while Hill completed the top 10.

BTCC Brands Hatch Race 1 results - 18 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Dan Cammish

Team Dynamics

Honda

30m54.268s

2

Colin Turkington

WSR

BMW

0.812s

3

Ollie Jackson

Motorbase Performance

Ford

1.994s

4

Tom Ingram

Speedworks Motorsport

Toyota

2.341s

5

Tom Chilton

BTC Racing

Honda

2.820s

6

Ash Sutton

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

2.965s

7

Senna Proctor

Excelr8 Motorsport

Hyundai

5.273s

8

Tom Oliphant

WSR

BMW

5.587s

9

Stephen Jelley

Team Parker Racing

BMW

5.745s

10

Jake Hill

AmD Tuning

Honda

6.917s

11

Adam Morgan

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

7.121s

12

Michael Crees

BTC Racing

Honda

7.652s

13

James Gornall

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

9.038s

14

Bobby Thompson

Trade Price Cars Racing

Audi

9.545s

15

Chris Smiley

Excelr8 Motorsport

Hyundai

10.434s

16

Carl Boardley

Team Hard

BMW

10.598s

17

Jack Goff

Team Hard

Volkswagen

11.087s

18

Aiden Moffat

Laser Tools Racing

Infiniti

11.317s

19

Andy Neate

Motorbase Performance

Ford

12.321s

20

Ollie Brown

Team Hard

Volkswagen

13.595s

21

Josh Cook

BTC Racing

Honda

13.820s

22

Nicolas Hamilton

Team Hard

Volkswagen

19.974s

23

Jack Butel

Ciceley Motorsport

Mercedes

20.161s

24

Sam Osborne

AmD Tuning

Honda

1 Lap

-

Rory Butcher

Motorbase Performance

Ford

Retirement

-

Matt Neal

Team Dynamics

Honda

Retirement

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