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Honda fired-up to fight back as BTCC races into team's backyard
April 20th, 2018
“We showed really good speed at Brands Hatch, especially in qualifying. To post what would have been a new lap record on my debut in the BTCC, in a brand-new car and with everybody on zero ballast, was obviously very encouraging for both myself and the team, particularly as there is still plenty of development to come on the FK8. The races unfortunately didn’t pan out brilliantly for either myself or Matt, but by the same token, the constantly changing weather meant it wasn’t what you might call a typical day. I had driven the car very little in those conditions prior to the weekend and it was the first time I had ever got a front wheel-drive car off the line so there was a lot to take in, but we brought it home in all three races and I certainly learnt a great deal along the way. Donington is a circuit I really enjoy and one where I have traditionally gone well. With its mixture of medium and high-speed corners and its fast, flowing nature, I also think it will play to our strengths. Hopefully, the conditions will be a bit kinder than they were at Brands, so we can properly assess our race pace, and with another chance to shoot for pole position in qualifying, this time, I want to make it stick!”
Halfords Yuasa Racing duo Matt Neal and Dan Cammish are in fighting form as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship speeds towards Donington Park for the second outing of its 2018 campaign next weekend (28/29 April).
Cammish similarly has an excellent record around the popular Leicestershire track, and is keen to extend his early advantage in the Jack Sears Trophy standings – as well as scoring strong points for Honda and Halfords Yuasa Racing in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ battles respectively.
Spurred on by the disappointment of a frustrating Brands Hatch curtain-raiser
earlier this month – where a stellar qualifying performance for the new Honda Civic Type R (FK8) was undone by a variety of race day misfortunes, from unavoidable contact to changeable weather – Neal and Cammish will both arrive at Donington carrying zero ballast and in prime shape to kick-start their challenge.
The pair will also be aiming to play ‘home’ advantage at Team Dynamics’ local circuit – one where Neal famously celebrated his maiden BTCC victory 19 years ago, in so doing scooping a £250,000 bonus as the first Independent entrant ever to win a BTCC race outright.