Cammish secures his second pole
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish delivered back-to-back pole positions in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship as the Honda man followed up last weekend’s Thruxton flyer with a record-breaking tour of the Silverstone National circuit earlier today.
An enthralling session at the Home of British Motor Racing – interrupted by a red flag stoppage as well as a light rain shower – often swung one way and then the other, but Cammish eventually proved to be the class of the field with the most commanding qualifying display of the season so far.
Tom Ingram and Rory Butcher expressed delight to have set the second and third quickest lap times respectively, after both talented racers struggled down the order during the early running.
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters‘ Ingram left it until the final moments as he hauled his Corolla around the 1.64-mile circuit to complete the front row order. The Bucks ace has taken five victories in the previous four visits to Silverstone – the best results of any driver on the current BTCC grid – so is sure to be a serious contender come race day.
The Motorbase Performance Ford Focus of Butcher failed to find front-running pace earlier in the day, but the #6 machine also came alive in the closing stages, and now the Scotsman is well placed as he looks to keep his championship ambitions alive.
Team BMW can be equally proud of its efforts as Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant ended up fourth and fifth on the timesheets. Both Oliphant and Turkington took turns to tow each other during the 30-minute session and they duly delivered in what could have been a tricky afternoon for the 3 Series drivers.
Matt Neal made it a top six celebration for Halfords Yuasa Racing as the veteran continued his good run in the Honda Civic Type R.
Championship leader Ash Sutton looked to have been caught out by the rain during the opening exchanges as he languished outside the top ten in the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50. Thankfully, track conditions improved towards the end and the fully focussed Sutton grabbed seventh – hugely important considering his main championship rivals fill the top five positions.
Adam Morgan has consistently produced the goods in his Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools Mercedes, and did so again to slot into eighth, with the intention of moving further forwards on Sunday.
Tom Chilton was the highest placed BTC Racing car in ninth, whilst Jake Hill continued his run of qualifying inside the top ten at every event this season.
Jade Edwards became the first female to contest a competitive BTCC weekend in 13 years as the Power Maxed Car Care Racing driver qualified 26th.
The session was stopped briefly in the first few minutes when two rookies – Jack Butel and James Gornall – made contact while trying to warm their tyres, the latter having to abandon his Audi S3 with damage to the front-right of his car. Mercedes man Butel was given a seven place grid penalty post-session for his part in the incident and will subsequently start 27th on the grid.
Cammish extended his advantage in the Goodyear Wingfoot Award, which is presented to the highest qualifier throughout the season. The session itself proved ultra-competitive with the top 24 cars incredibly separated by less than a second.
Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship take place at Silverstone tomorrow.
1 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 57.349s
2 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with Ginsters +0.198s
3 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Motorbase Performance +0.201s
4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.203s
5 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.208s
6 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.254s
7 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.314s
8 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +0.324s
9 Tom CHILTON (GBR) BTC Racing +0.345s
10 Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.370s
11 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +0.388s
12 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.466s
13 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) HUB Financial Solutions with Team HARD +0.525s
14 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.528s
15 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.546s
16 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +0.569s
17 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +0.574s
18 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +0.660s
19 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com +0.723s
20 Jack BUTEL (GBR) Carlube TripleR Racing with Mac Tools +0.738s*
21 Tom ONSLOW-COLE (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +0.836s
22 Chris SMILEY (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +0.843s
23 Michael CREES (GBR) The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing +0.883s
24 Andy NEATE (GBR) Motorbase Performance +0.922s
25 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Team HARD +1.064s
26 Jade EDWARDS (GBR) Power Maxed Car Care Racing +1.282s
27 James GORNALL (GBR) GKR TradePriceCars.com NO TIME