DROITWICH team Halfords Yuasa Racing brought the curtain down on the 2018 British Touring Car Championship season with back-to-back one-two finishes at Brands Hatch.
On a landmark day for the Honda Civic Type R (FK8), a peerless performance saw Dan Cammish and Matt Neal complete a formation finish in race one before the pair repeated the feat in race two.
Qualifying on the front row, Cammish shadowed Brett Smith through the opening lap before launching his attack into Paddock Hill Bend, nosing ahead into a lead he’d retain to the chequered flag for the first win of his burgeoning BTCC career.
With Neal succeeding in working his way into second place behind his team-mate, Halfords Yuasa Racing celebrated its first one-two of the season.
With a front-row lock-out their reward in race two, Cammish and Neal shrugged off their maximum success ballast to hold position early on.
From here, a tenacious Cammish skilfully negated the limitations of the weight to complete a lights-to-flag, back-to-back victory as Neal doubled the delight once more by completing another one-two.
Complementing his title-winning success in the Jack Sears Trophy, Cammish’s double victory multiplies Halfords Yuasa Racing’s 2018 victory tally to four, including Neal’s historic ‘Diamond Double’ success at Snetterton in July, plus two pole positions and 13 podiums.
In the final drivers’ classification, a closely-matched Neal and Cammish end the season ninth and tenth respectively, with Honda sealing runners-up spot in the manufacturers’ reckoning and Halfords Yuasa Racing second in the teams’ standings.
Cammish said: “It was an incredible day for myself, Honda and the entire Halfords Yuasa Racing team.
“Standing on top of the BTCC podium for the first time is a moment I will never forget, so to do it all over again with Matt alongside me in another one-two just makes the achievement all the sweeter.
“Everything came together in race one and the Civic Type R performed perfectly, but we thought it’d be a tough ask to win race two with the ballast on-board.
“However, I got my foot down early to make hay and I was able to hang on to the end.
“It’s a wonderful way to conclude my first season in the BTCC, one that gives me huge motivation heading into the off-season.”
Neal added he could not think of a better way to complete the season with the Honda Civic and stressed his delight in seeing Cammish on top of the podium twice in a row.
“We really wanted a good result to take into the off-season and a double one-two result is exactly that,” he said.
“It’s been another fantastic BTCC season but the weekend demonstrated exactly what Honda and Halfords Yuasa Racing is capable of with this new car, which gives me a lot of encouragement for the future.
“More than anything, we wanted to win it for a key member of our team that we have lost, so that one is for you Wainy (Mark Wain – longstanding Team Dynamics member, who sadly passed away two weeks ago).”