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Cammish keen to repay 'titanic' team effort with Brands Hatch silverware
March 29th, 2018
“I’ve settled into the team very well. We’ve had a few weeks together now, and we headed straight to Spain after I joined for the test, which was a good opportunity to break the ice and really get to know everybody at Halfords Yuasa Racing. It’s been great to build up a rapport with the guys on my side of the garage, and Matt and I are getting on really well. He’s the most experienced driver in the championship and what he doesn’t know about racing touring cars almost certainly isn’t worth knowing. He’s been very open with me, and I’ve been picking his brains as much as possible and absorbing everything I can. We seem to share a similar driving style, and the same kind of comments and feedback on changes.
“Out-of-the-box, the new Civic Type R seems really impressive, which is very confidence-inspiring. The guys pulled off a marathon effort to get my car finished in time, and notwithstanding a few minor niggles in the group test – which are only to be expected during a shakedown – it ran like clockwork, which is testament to all the boys at Team Dynamics for the superb job they did. I think we are pretty much there pace-wise, so I’m going to Brands Hatch with high aspirations. I’ve got a great team behind me, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to challenge inside the top ten or even top five from the outset. I’ll be giving it absolutely everything, and I’ll be disappointed if I’m not fighting for podiums sooner rather than later. I’m really looking forward to letting this car off the leash!”
Honda duo Matt Neal and Dan Cammish are eager to reward the Halfords Yuasa Racing crew for their tireless work in readying the team’s new Civic Type R for Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship action – by racing to the podium in the season curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch next weekend (7/8 April).
A herculean effort went into preparing the two new FK8-generation models, with the second car only being completed a handful of hours before it took to the track for the Season Launch group test at Donington Park earlier this week. The first car had already been racking up the miles at Parcmotor Castellolí in northern Spain, and both Neal and Cammish added to that tally with a final run at Brands Hatch today.
Three-time BTCC Champion Neal is chasing history in 2018 as he targets a record-equalling fourth Drivers’ crown in Britain’s premier motorsport series, while 28-year-old Cammish – who arrives with a glittering résumé, having won no fewer than three titles in the TOCA support series – has his sights firmly set on making a fast start.
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