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Cammish reflects on a challenging weekend for rookie star
June 10th, 2018
“It was always going to be tough coming here, the first time at a track where I’ve not had chance to test. I did the best job I thought I could in qualifying and it’s highlighted a few little issues in myself and my mentality, in the way I’m approaching it. I think I need to follow Matt’s lead a little more really and accept it’s too early on for me in the BTCC and in front-wheel drive to expect to have much of an input in terms of setup. He has a habit of getting the car where it needs to be for qualifying and he pips me at the post, whereas my car tends to be the same from start to finish. We’ll work on that and I’ll improve. It was a tough weekend but that’s touring cars. It’s so close. If you don’t qualify well, you’re in real trouble. It’s exactly what I expected.”
Oulton Park delivered us a roller-coaster weekend of action, beginning in qualifying when Matt Simpson claimed his maiden BTCC pole position – 0.243s ahead of Sam Tordoff in P2!
Matt grabbed 5th in qualifying (+0.382s), a monster effort given he was laden with 33KG of ballast. Dan was only 2 tenths behind Matt (+0.639s), but on the ultra-competitive grid that is the BTCC – he started in P14.
Race 1 saw Matt hold position and finish where he started, in 5th. It proved a rather lonely race as he spent the whole race with nothing but the 60 degree in-car temperature for company, meanwhile Dan made up one spot to sit in p13 when the chequered flag waved.
Race 2 gave Matt another shot at a podium finish, this time with the option tyre bolted on. He got up to P3 by the third lap, and made a move on Tom Chilton early in the second half of the race to seal P2 – the 4th podium for the team this year. Dan made, in his own words – ‘his best start of the season’, only to be hit from behind on the first lap which hindered his progress moving forward – he eventually crossed the line in twelfth.
The final race of the day didn’t see fortune favour Dan as we were all hoping, a puncture struck on the third lap after contact with Ollie Jackson – he finished the race at that point and retired. Matt lost out battling hard with Tom Ingram at Druids on Lap 8, he tumbled down the order and was in P14 at the end of the contest.
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