What a day’s racing, typifying BTCC perfectly in so many ways. A climatic qualifying session in which the track became increasingly damper throughout saw Matt & Dan qualify P6 & P7 respectively.
Race 1 saw Matt put in a sterling performance to finish the best of the wet-tyre contenders in P8. The majority of the latter half of the grid ran on slick tyres which paid off as the rain lessened throughout the race, allowing them to near enough drive around the wet runners. Dan was unfortunately collected by a spinning car mid-race and saw himself cross the line in P15 as a result.
Race 2 proved taxing for Matt & Dan as a poor start for both our cars put them on the back foot from the drop of the flag. Dan clawed back 10 places from early contact to finish in P12 just behind Matt in P11. Annoyingly, the car showed real pace but as you know the battles in the midfield are tricky to get out of.
The reverse grid draw saw Matt start Race 3 in pole position, but he was down to P3 at the bottom of Paddock Hill Bend by virtue of typical rear wheel drive starts from Steven Jelley’s BMW & Senna Proctor’s Subaru. Running the softer tyre, Matt came to the fore and by the seventh lap was back in the lead. Jelley did make contact with Matt in their battle which resulted in the rear suspension collapsing on the final lap, Matt managed to drag the car home in 8th place in a stream of sparks. Once again the midfield battle held Dan back, coupled with the softer option tyre losing its performance as the race wore on – another ‘character building’ weekend for Dan as he calls them.
We’ll head to Donington knowing we’ve got one hell of a car under out belts, and just hope we take a bit of luck with us!
Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing driver and Team Dynamics Director
“It turned into a frustrating weekend through no fault of our own. The soft tyre did make things more challenging in the final race but I think I could have defended my position. However after I suffered contact I could feel the damage immediately, and unfortunately the suspension gave way just one lap too early. On to Donington!”
Dan Cammish – Halfords Yuasa Racing driver
“I was pleased to play my part in securing Honda the manufacturer award in race one, but the conditions beat us – once I was shuffled into the midfield pack it was so hard to pass on the tight Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. But we clearly have a lot of speed in the car and that’s a positive to take out of a frustrating weekend.”
BTCC Drivers’ Championship, after 3 rounds
1. Josh Cook 44 points
2. Tom Chilton 43 points
3. Stephen Jelley 35 points
9. Matt Neal 22 points
18. Dan Cammish 6 points
BTCC Manufacturers’ Championship, after 3 rounds
1. Honda 80 points
2. BMW 80 points
3. Subaru 75 points
4. Toyota 45 points
BTCC Teams’ Championship, after 3 rounds
1. BTC Racing 51 points
2. Team Shredded Wheat Racing 42 points
3. Team Parker Racing 34 points
8. Halfords Yuasa Racing 29 points
Article: Ben Durrell, Team Dynamics Motorsport
Images: Jakob Ebrey