Honda team takes front-running pace to third weekend of 2020 BTCC
Cammish looking for third win of season
Neal aims to replicate 2019 Oulton Park form
The Honda British Touring Car Championship team will be looking to turn its front-running speed into more race wins as the series heads to Oulton Park in Cheshire for the third meeting of the season.
In the six races run so far Dan Cammish has already secured four front-row starting positions and taken two victories in his Honda Civic Type R, the same as he did in the whole of the 2019 championship when he came so close to winning the drivers’ title.
After two meetings and six races on successive weekends in a BTCC season delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Halfords Yuasa Racing team has had a welcome weekend off. This brief break has given them time to fully address the rare mechanical issues suffered by the cars in sweltering hot temperatures during the most recent rounds at Brands Hatch. They will be determined to again head the pack around the challenging 2.3-mile parkland circuit.
At the 2019 Oulton Park meeting Cammish secured two podium finishes, while in the final race Neal was leading when he was spun out of a potentially winning position by rival Jake Hill. Both Halfords Yuasa Racing drivers know they can add to the seven victories the Honda works team has previously scored at Oulton Park, and close the gap to BTCC points leader Colin Turkington.
Rounds 7 to 9 of the BTCC take place at Oulton Park on 23rd August and will be shown live on ITV4.
Dan Cammish – Halfords Yuasa Racing Driver
“Brands was frustrating for me after such a good start to the day taking the race one win. A minor technical gremlin in the second saw me having to limp round after a strong showing and in the third I got a radiator full of grass and dirt taking avoiding action on the opening lap, causing further technical issues.
I was on the podium at Oulton twice last year, so that will be my target again, but there are some quick guys in some quick cars this year, so I’ll have my work cut out! My goal is to take as many points off Colin (Turkington) as I can and try and bring home some more silverware.”
Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing Driver and Team Dynamics Director
“Brands was one to forget for me, the car was strong but lady luck wasn’t on my side, that final race of the day though just showed what pace we had when I drove from 25th to sixth.
But onwards and upwards to Oulton, which is a circuit I really like, it’s an old-school track and you don’t get a lot of time on a lap to catch your breath. I was obviously on for the win there last year until my now infamous clash with Jake Hill took me out of the race in pretty spectacular fashion.”
BTCC Drivers’ Championship, after 6 rounds 1. Colin Turkington 95 points 2. Ashley Sutton 79 points 3. Tom Oliphant 70 points 5.Dan Cammish 61 points 10. Matt Neal 38 points
BTCC Manufacturers’ Championship, after 6 rounds 1. BMW 191 points 2. Honda 137 points 3. Toyota 82 points
BTCC Teams’ Championship, after 6 rounds 1. Team BMW 160 points 2. Halfords Yuasa Racing 97 points 3. Laser Tools Racing 93 points
Rounds 7-9 of the British Touring Car Championship are scheduled to take place at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on Sunday 23rd August. Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography – click on image for high-res version, copyright free for editorial use only