BTCC: Cammish takes the opening race win at Silverstone

Dan Cammish took his seventh BTCC win from pole at Round 16 of the British Touring Car Championship, at Silverstone National Circuit.

Continuing from yesterday’s qualifying incident between season rookies Jack Butel and James Gornall, Butel faced a 7 place grid drop down to 27th/last on the grid.

Jack Goff also had issues to not take the start.

The race began with a continuation of weaker getaways for Cammish as Ingram alongside immediately challenged him, squabbling over first place on the opening lap.

The BMW duo of Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant made use of a good start to hold onto their fourth and fifth places.

Oli Jackson also made up four positions to get himself into seventh on the opening laps.

A battle between Turkington and Butcher quickly emerged for third place, with the front-wheel-drive Ford Focus defending from the rear-wheel-drive BMW 330i.

Their battle continued which led to minor contact at the rear of the Focus as Turkington looked to find his way past out of Brooklands.

A safety car was deployed on the fifth lap in light of contact between Gornall and Michael Crees into Becketts, thus getting themselves into the gravel.

In approach to the timing line as the period was declared, Ingram and Cammish still fought hard and side-by-side.

Ingram immediately gave back his first place to Cammish after it emerged that Cammish was slightly ahead of Ingram at the timing line.

The race distance was increased to 25 laps at the green flag and a battle quickly emerged for eighth between Jake Hill and Jackson.

Hill made the bold and successful move for eighth on the outside, at the exit of Brooklands.

Ingram still continued the fight for the lead with his 48 kg of success ballast compared to Cammish’s 36 kg.

Josh Cook made his way into tenth by lap 10 and Turkington still challenged Butcher for third.

After hitting the inside curb at Copse (turn 1), he retired from the race after suffering right-rear wheel damage and was no longer defending from Ash Sutton.

By lap 17, Cammish had established a stable lead of a second over Ingram.

Championship-leader Ash Sutton bore down on the scrap between Turkington and Butcher, fighting nose-to-tail.

That battle between the trio would run right to the end, meaning that Cammish took the win ahead of Ingram and Butcher.

Turkington and Sutton followed in fourth and fifth positions.

In sixth place was Adam Morgan who climbed from a race-starting position of eighth.

Jake Hill claimed seventh ahead of Matt Neal’s newer FK8 Civic Type R.

Stephen Jelly and Josh Cook finished behind in ninth and 10th to round off the top-10 finishers.

Jade Edwards finished in 23rd after starting in 25th, with her 45 kg ballast that she would not carry into Race 2.

She was denied a spot into the top 20 after Andy Neate forced his way past shortly after she took him at Copse (lap 23).