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Honda Poised to Pounce as BTCC Heads to Happy Hunting Ground
May 11th, 2018
“I am relishing the chance to race at Thruxton, not least because it is one of the few circuits on the calendar I have already driven the Civic Type R. Even during pre-season testing I was able to set competitive lap times, which gives me huge confidence for this weekend’s race. I think the circuit characteristics really suit the Civic Type R; we have less drag, more aero and a very stable car in high-speed corners, which is everything you need to win at Thruxton. It was fantastic to be celebrating a podium finish so early on in my BTCC career – it just makes me more motivated to take the ‘next step’ and top of the rostrum.”
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal and Dan Cammish are targeting a first win for the new Honda Civic Type R (FK8) at one of the team’s most successful proving grounds as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship powers into Thruxton for Rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the 2018 season on 19/20 May.
Team Dynamics enjoyed a positive weekend last time out at Donington Park, with rookie sensation Cammish demonstrating his burgeoning title credentials by achieving a maiden BTCC podium in only his fourth start. With team-mate Neal claiming a pair of top ten results, Team Dynamics heads to the fastest circuit on the calendar in buoyant spirits.
The manufacturer-backed Honda outfit has established itself as the dominant force at Thruxton in previous seasons having accumulated an unprecedented 10 wins from the last 21 races to be held at the venue.
With a notorious high-speed layout that rewards strong engine performance and cornering speed, Neal – who has contributed towards four of those successes in that time – is confident the new Civic Type R will be similarly well-suited to the rigours of the demanding circuit.
Similarly, Cammish has his sights set firmly on a first BTCC victory after claiming a landmark second place finish in race one at Donington Park. Extending his advantage in the Jack Sears Trophy, his success reinforces Honda and Halfords Yuasa Racing’s title aspirations in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ battles respectively.
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