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Brands Hatch BTCC: Dan Cammish storms from 12th to win race one

Matt Kew
Cammish lights up title fight by winning from 12th

Dan Cammish headed a shock Team Dynamics one-two in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch as points leader and polesitter Colin Turkington dropped to fifth.

Honda Civic Type R driver Cammish shot from 12th in mixed conditions to score victory over team-mate Matt Neal by 7.882 seconds and in turn slashed Turkington's standings lead to just eight points.

After getting stuck behind Jason Plato in qualifying, Cammish lined up just 12th ahead of Neal on the grid but progressive rain hurt the rear-wheel-drive competitors while Neal's gamble for wet tyres gifted him a late surge.

A sluggish getaway on the cambered surface at the start meant second-starting Ash Sutton swept around the outside of Turkington into Paddock Hill Bend to take the lead as Andrew Jordan, from third, attempted a similar move.

Turkington fought off his WSR BMW team-mate and then was able to keep with Sutton during the race's early phase.

Although he entered the race with a 17-point lead, Turkington did not sit back and went on the charge to dive his BMW 330i M Sport up the inside of Sutton into Druids to regain the lead.

With Sutton's line onto the back straight compromised as he tried to regain position, Rory Butcher and Jake Hill moved through for second and third place.

The race was then paused for a safety car as Matt Simpson continued his dismal weekend as he cannoned into the tyre wall at the top of Paddock Hill Bend.

During the lengthy delay Neal and Tom Chilton led a gamble to dive into the pits for wet tyres as rain hit.

Just after the restart Butcher sent his AMD Tuning car down the inside at Surtees to deprive Turkington of the lead as the front-wheel-drive runners began to move forward as grip levels decreased.

Cammish, having bolted to seventh on the opening lap, was another climber and tagged Sutton before passing.

He then latched onto Hill, with the Audi S3 driver suffering a big slide at Graham Hill Bend to gift Cammish second place.

Cammish lights up title fight by winning from 12th

A stunning move around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend on Butcher returned first as a late downpour gave the wet-shod runners a huge boost.

Cammish moved well clear for his second win of the season, while Neal and Chilton made a last-lap pass on Turkington and then Butcher to round out the podium.

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Butcher held fourth ahead of the reigning champion, while Mike Bushell headed Stephen Jelley for seventh.

Jordan continued to struggle in the mixed conditions and fell to eighth ahead of Jack Goff and Ollie Jackson.

Outside title hopefuls Tom Ingram and Jake Cook both failed to score, Ingram ending up 23rd following an incident with Sutton and Cook retiring.

Race one result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 18 34m22.508s
2 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 18 2.882s
3 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 18 3.306s
4 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 18 3.624s
5 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 18 5.370s
6 Mike Bushell AmD Tuning Honda 18 6.057s
7 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 18 6.916s
8 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 18 7.634s
9 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 18 9.878s
10 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 18 10.919s
11 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 18 14.416s
12 Michael Caine Motorbase Performance Ford 18 20.511s
13 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Infiniti 18 21.312s
14 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 18 22.361s
15 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 18 24.571s
16 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 18 26.589s
17 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 18 28.187s
18 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 18 28.518s
19 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 18 31.676s
20 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 18 40.436s
21 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 18 40.831s
22 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 18 47.080s
23 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 18 1m44.546s
24 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 17 1 Lap
- Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 17 Retirement
- Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 14 Retirement
- Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 13 Retirement
- Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 11 Retirement
- Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 10 Retirement
- Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 4 Retirement

Leading drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Colin Turkington 310
2 Dan Cammish 302
3 Andrew Jordan 288
4 Josh Cook 263
5 Rory Butcher 242

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