BTCC: Cammish masters wet weather to win Race 1 at Brands Hatch

Dan Cammish prevailed in a rain-hit race one to win Round 25 of the 2020 BTCC season, with Ashley Sutton moving to the top of the championship standings.

In a race which was hit with similar conditions to qualifying yesterday, Tom Ingram began the race on pole with Rory Butcher alongside him.

Ingram kept his lead on the first lap, with Butcher dropping behind Sutton and Cammish.

Championship leader Colin Turkington held position in eighth place, seemingly struggling to close up on those in front.

Cammish began his charge on the fourth lap of the race, getting past Sutton through Paddock Hill Bend and setting his sights on the Toyota of Ingram.

A surprisingly clean start to the race in the perilous conditions came to an end on lap seven, with Glynn Geddie and and Sam Osborne colliding at Druids and subsequently taking each other out the race, forcing the safety car to be deployed.

With the race temporarily neutralised, the top three was Ingram in first, followed by Cammish and Sutton.

The race got back underway on lap 11 with Ingram not hanging about and holding his race lead from Cammish.

This lead was not to last much longer, as Cammish gained the race lead on lap 13, dropping Ingram into second place and into the sights of Sutton.

On the same lap, Josh Cook overtook the championship leader Turkington, dropping the BMW driver into ninth place, with his championship rivals further up the road battling for the podium.

With just under 10 laps remaining, Cammish began extending his lead, whilst Sutton began to close in on Ingram and showing pace that was matching that of the race leader.

The battle for second began to heat up on the 21st lap of the race, with Ingram and Sutton neck and neck, crucially allowing Cammish to move further head and gain a lead of over two seconds.

The battle was short lived however as Sutton placed his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti perfectly along the Cooper Straight and gaining second place on lap 22, Ingram tried to fight back through Clearways but did not have the pace to get back ahead.

Sutton looked like he had the pace to go on and overtake Cammish, setting a lap time that was around 0.200s faster than the race leader and then setting the fastest lap on both lap 24 and 25.

Ultimately it was Cammish who held on to take his fourth race win of the season, eight tenths ahead of Sutton, with Ingram in third.

Butcher ended the race in fourth place, followed by the Focus ST of Ollie Jackson and the Honda Civic of Jake Hill.

Matt Neal took seventh place in the race, ahead of Cook.

The two Team BMW drivers rounded off the top-10, with Turkington finishing ahead of Tom Oliphant.

In yet another session with adverse weather conditions, BTCC debutant Brad Philpot brought his Vauxhall Astra home in 21st.

As a result of the race result, Sutton takes the lead of the championship, two points ahead of Turkington, race winner Cammish is now just 13 points off the lead, with two races left to go.