Dan Cammish claimed pole position for the first of tomorrow’s three Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship races at Thruxton with a scintillating late lap.
The Honda driver’s time of 1:15.201 was enough to put him on pole by almost a tenth of a second. However, it looked as if the Yorkshireman had blown his chances of pole early in the session when he was forced to abort his first run after pushing too hard on fresh tyres. He recovered his composure though, to back up his showing earlier in the day, when he had topped both free practice sessions, and displaced Toyota’s Tom Ingram at the summit of the standings with his late effort.
He said: “I was strong in the first two sessions, which is a funny one because you go into it thinking this is yours to lose. And I tried to lose it didn’t I. I pretty much ruined that first set with too much enthusiasm, not enough talent. But I recovered it and I’m really happy with a pole lap in the end. Team Dynamics has done a great job. We are strong here, the Honda in general as a package. But we’ve worked at it and developed it and improved it incrementally every year we’ve had the FK8, and that’s the result. The real fun starts tomorrow. First pole position of the year and second of my career, I’m very, very happy.”
Ingram was still pleased with second, his best qualifying performance of the season so far.
He said: “That lap was all out, and maybe a little more! That was genuinely quite scary, my hands have gone white now from gripping onto the steering wheel that hard through there. But we made a load of changes between FP1 and FP2 and the car felt magnificent, so I am really, really happy with that. That’s the quickest we’ve been around Thruxton by a country mile, probably by a second. That’s 12 months of development under our belts, and it goes to show that we’ve made some big improvements.”
Cammish’s Halfords Yuasa Honda teammate Matt Neal was third ahead of the Mercedes of Adam Morgan.
MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Jake Hill was fifth to make it three Hondas in the top five.
Rory Butcher was sixth in the Motorbase Ford Focus continuing his consistently strong qualifying form of 2020.
Tom Chilton was the best of the BTC Racing Honda Civics in seventh and will be joined on row four by championship leader Colin Turkington who recorded his worst qualifying position of the season so far with eighth.
Michael Crees and Josh Cook rounded out the top ten in the two remaining BTC cars whilst Turkington’s main championship rival Ash Sutton struggled for pace and had to settle for 11th.
Rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship take place at Thruxton tomorrow with the action being broadcast live on ITV2 from 11:10.