Dan Cammish Reflects On Tough Race Three DNF

Dan Cammish was in contention for the title until the penultimate lap of race three at Brands Hatch GP. Image thanks to BTCC / Jakob Ebrey.

With one race to go and after 1st and 3rd place finishes earlier in the day, Cammish found himself in the lead of the title race ahead of the final race of the 2019 BTCC season at Brands Hatch GP. However, a brutal DNF in race three meant the title went to Colin Turkington instead. Cammish would finish the season on 318 points, level with Andrew Jordan and two behind Turkington.

After qualifying in 12th, Cammish faced an uphill struggle early on Sunday as his title rivals started 1st and 3rd. He quickly climbed the order in the opening laps but it was after the safety car was called to recover Matt Simpson’s crash at Paddock Hill Bend that Cammish began to come into his own. In tricky and worsening conditions, not dissimilar to the ones he won in at Thruxton in August, Cammish carved his way through the field passing Turkington and Jordan and then Rory Butcher for the race lead. He would take the race win and close the gap at the top of the standings following 5th and 8th place finishes for Turkington and Jordan.

Race two saw Cammish take the lead of the championship for the first time in 2019 as he finished in 3rd. Turkington was spun at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap and Jordan would finish in 2nd. Crucially, Turkington’s 25th place finish would mean that he would start the third race of the day from 25th on the grid, with Cammish and Jordan sharing the fourth row. The momentum had swung dramatically in favour of Cammish with just one race left to go.

However, it was in race three that Cammish’s title hopes unravelled dramatically. He ran well, and despite being passed by the fast-charging Turkington, all Cammish needed was an 8th place finish to win the title. On the penultimate lap of the race, Cammish’s brakes failed on the entry to Hawthorn sending him into the barriers and his title hopes up in smoke. It was a cruel way to finish the year and marked the first time Cammish had failed to finish a race in 2019.

Speaking after the conclusion of race three, Cammish said “You can’t write that sort of finish. I think I would have sealed it in the position I was in, it’s disappointing obviously and it will take a little to sink in that I’ve lost it in that fashion. We’ve done a lot of racing and I’m proud of our achievements, and that performance in race one today was one of my best.”

2019 has a strong year for Cammish, only his second in the BTCC. He also acknowledged just how tough the season had been. “It’s a long year, it’s a lot of sacrifices and it’s tough on everyone to come within two points of winning the championship. I’ll come back stronger. I’ve given it my all but it just wasn’t meant to be today.”

After putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal with Team Dynamics, Cammish will return next year on March 28th/29th at Donington Park for round one of the 2020 BTCC season.

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