HALFORDS Yuasa Racing driver Dan Cammish kept close tabs on the British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington in the penultimate race of the season at Silverstone.
The 30-year-old sits second in the Drivers’ Championship rankings, following another stellar weekend in which he took his 12th podium to sit 16 points off top spot.
But despite the finish of third in race two, he feels a red flag towards the race end may have greater repercussions on the final standings.
“The guys gave me a great car but the weight held me back a bit in qualifying and then race one was tough in the early laps,” said Cammish.
“I got beaten up a bit but was pleased to come back to 11th.
“In race two, with no weight and the soft tyre, the car was a class above and it was disappointing that the red flag came out just as I was passing [Colin] Turkington, which would have produced a six-point swing in my favour.
“In race three everyone struggled with the weather, and it was puzzling why I had so much grip. Our rivals had to take wet tyres and once they did, I was in trouble. I had to roll the dice, and only in the last eight laps did the rain make things too bad.”
Cammish now targets a grandstand finish at Brands Hatch on October 13, adding: “We are still in this, and we go now to a track I love in a car that suits it, and which served me well last year with two wins.”
Cammish’s teammate Matt Neal also made an appearance on the podium in the final race, enhancing his position in eighth.
Assessing his afternoon, Neal was left wondering what might have been, and said: “We struggled a bit in race one but the car was great in race two.
“We had pace on the leaders and I thought I could make holes for Dan to follow me through.
“But then I was hit and that broke the suspension.
“I lucked into a result in race three with the weather – my team did a great job to get me out but despite the podium I feel a bit deflated.”
Neal is now targeting success across the board for Halfords Yuasa Racing, who sit top of the Teams’ Championship by 22 points, and individually for his teammate Dan in the final round at Brands Hatch in just over a week’s time.
“Dan has a shot at the title and we still have a chance at taking the manufacturer and teams’ titles – let’s bring it on,” said Neal.