Cammish victorious in opening BTCC race of 2020

Dan Cammish secured victory in the opening race of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship after a great pass for the lead.

BMW driver Colin Turkington got off to a great start, leading away from pole, but the BMW driver was unable to create a gap and was immediately under pressure from Ash Sutton and Cammish for the lead.

With pressure mounting, Sutton made a move for the lead on lap three of 19, going around the outside of Turkington at Shwartz Curve, but Cammish made a great instinctive move, diving up the inside of the pair of them at Milligans to take the lead.

With Cammish now at the front, Sutton and Turkington battled for second, but Turkington knocked the Laser Tools Racing driver off the track one corner later at Coppice.

Sutton was able to avoid contact with the barriers and continued, but fell down to the back of the order, although he was able to climb back up, eventually crossing the line down in 14th.

The safety car was called out on lap 11 after Nic Hamilton went off into the gravel at final chicane, bunching up the pack for the final sprint to the finish, and when racing did get back underway for the final four laps, Cammish was able to pull away with Turkington close behind.

The lead order stayed the same for the remainder of the race with Cammish fending of the reigning BTCC champion to take the victory by 0.707s.

Rory Butcher had a strong race in his Motorbase Ford Focus to take the final podium position, while the Toyota Corolla of Tom Ingram was nearly eight tenths further back in fourth.

Cammish’s team-mate Matt Neal crossed the line in fifth, Tom Oliphant ending up sixth after dropping down the order slightly in the latter stages of the race.

Sam Osborne had a great race to finish seventh, while Chris Smiley was a solid eighth on Hyundai’s debut in the BTCC.

Stephen Jelley and the BTC Racing Honda of Tom Chilton finished within three tenths of each other to round out the top ten.

Senna Proctor was the only other non-finisher, retiring his Hyundai i30N on lap 10.