With only nine races remaining in the 2020 British Touring Car Championship Honda drivers Dan Cammish and Matt Neal are aiming to build on their soaring form as the series heads north to Croft.
Dan Cammish will tackle the three races around the fast Yorkshire track on 11th October after his strongest BTCC weekend yet last time out at Silverstone. The Halfords Yuasa Racing driver slashed 25 points from his deficit to championship leader Ashley Sutton, adding a second and fourth place to his race one victory.
Now Cammish’s Honda Civic Type R sits just 17 points back from Sutton, and only 13 behind reigning champion Colin Turkington, with potentially up to 67 points available from the three races at Croft.
While Cammish will be targeting his first BTCC victory in his home county, team-mate and veteran touring car racer Matt Neal will be seeking to build on improved form in recent races and to add to the six wins he already has at Croft.
Both drivers will have their work cut out however – the layout of the 2.13-mile long former airfield track, with its fast corners and tight hairpin at the end of the lap, tends to favour the rear-wheel-drive cars of Cammish’s two closest title rivals, Sutton and Turkington. But Honda made the podium at the 2019 meeting despite tricky weather conditions and both Cammish and Neal will be looking for more success this year.
Rounds 19 to 21 of the BTCC take place on Sunday 11th October and will be shown live on ITV4.
Dan Cammish – Halfords Yuasa Racing Driver
“Silverstone was an awesome weekend for me with my best ever results in the BTCC, which added to the poor luck of some of my closest rivals has brought me right back into the title hunt. So we reset and I go to Croft with my head held high, but this is a notoriously difficult track for us and better suits the rear-wheel-drive cars. You can guarantee I’ll be giving it my all and trying to get on the podium again like I did last year.”
Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing Driver and Team Dynamics Director
“I had spells of brilliance at Silverstone but the overall day was a bit disappointing for me. Overall, however, we came away with a good haul of points and now we move onto Croft. It’s a very challenging circuit which requires lots of commitment and I really like it, but unfortunately it doesn’t always like us! I had a good haul of points last year with a fourth and fifth, so again we’ll be pushing on to close the gap in the Manufacturers and Teams Championships.”
BTCC Drivers’ Championship, after 18 rounds 1. Ashley Sutton 237 points 2. Colin Turkington 233 points 3.Dan Cammish 220 points 9. Matt Neal 120 points
BTCC Manufacturers’ Championship, after 18 rounds 1. BMW 540 points 2. Honda 467 points 3. Toyota 247 points
BTCC Teams’ Championship, after 18 rounds 1. Team BMW 408 points 2. Halfords Yuasa Racing 333 points 3. Laser Tools Racing 299 points
* all points provisional pending judicial decisions
Rounds 19-21 of the British Touring Car Championship are scheduled to take place at Croft, Yorkshire, on Sunday 11th October. Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography – click on image for high-res version, copyright free for editorial use only