Dan Cammish struck first blood as he won the first round of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.
The Team Dynamics driver won by just seven tenths from reigning champion Colin Turkington in his WSR BMW. Rory Butcher grabbed a fantastic third place finish to round off the podium.
Turkington led off the grid, with Sutton moving up into second passing Dan Cammish at Redgate. The first lap wasn’t without its drama however as Jake Hill and Josh Cook collided, with the BTC Racing Civic of Cook falling to the back.
Sutton was taking the fight to Turkington’s BMW, and crept up the inside at Coppice, but couldn’t quite make the move stick. A lap later on lap four Sutton took the lead, albeit briefly as an initial nudge by Turkington was met with a second tap which spun Sutton’s Infiniti round. Cammish profited most from the impact as he took the lead.
Cammish was controlling the race, holding off Turkington with a lead of just under a second. However on lap 11 a safety car was called as Senna Proctor suffered an unfortunate failure while battling for tenth. This was coupled with Nicolas Hamilton going off at the final chicane.
After a four lap safety car break the green flag waved and the fights up and down the field continued. Sutton had a fantastic recovery from his early spin as he moved back up to finish 14th. Setting the fastest lap in the process.
Cammish took the chequered flag with Turkington close behind. A star drive from Rory Butcher who finished third. Tom Ingram took fourth in his Toyota before Matt Neal in the second Dynamics Honda Civic came fifth. Tom Oliphant was sixth in his WSR BMW, with Sam Osborne grabbing his best ever finish in his new MB Motorsport Honda Civic. Chris Smiley gave the new Excelr8 Hyundai i30N an eighth place finish on its debut, with Stephen Jelley and Tom Chilton rounding off the top ten.
A brilliant beginning to the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season.
|1||Dan Cammish||Honda Civic Type R FK8|
|2||Colin Turkington||BMW 330i M Sport||+0.707|
|3||Rory Butcher||Ford Focus ST||+1.144|
|4||Tom Ingram||Toyota Corolla||+1.941|
|5||Matt Neal||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+2.817|
|6||Tom Oliphant||BMW 330i M Sport||+3.722|
|7||Sam Osborne||Honda Civic Type R FK2||+4.855|
|8||Chris Smiley||Hyundai i30N||+5.492|
|9||Stephen Jelley||BMW 125i M Sport||+7.322|
|10||Tom Chilton||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+7.623|
|11||Bobby Thompson||Audi S3 Saloon||+7.936|
|12||Adam Morgan||Mercedes A Class||+8.249|
|13||Josh Cook||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+9.498|
|14||Ash Sutton||Infiniti Q50||+9.595|
|15||Aiden Moffat||Infiniti Q50||+11.457|
|16||Michael Crees||Honda Civic Type R FK8||+13.075|
|17||Ollie Jackson||Ford Focus ST||+13.398|
|18||Jack Goff||VW CC||+13.837|
|19||Carl Boardley||BMW 125i M Sport||+14.266|
|20||Andy Neate||Ford Focus ST||+14.599|
|21||Ollie Brown||VW CC||+15.050|
|22||Jack Butel||Mercedes A Class||+19.350|
|RET||James Gornall||Audi S3 Saloon||Mechanical|
|RET||Senna Proctor||Hyundai i30N||Mechanical|
|RET||Nicolas Hamilton||VW CC||Crash|
|RET||Jake Hill||Honda Civic Type R FK2||Mechanical|
Image Credit: BTCC Media