Dan Cammish will partner Matt Neal for the forthcoming British Touring Car Championship in the all new Honda Civic Type R for the Halfords Yuasa Racing squad.
After Gordon Shedden announced his departure from the championship last month, the Halfords Yuasa Racing team had to find a replacement for their three-time British Touring Car Champion, but it was also important for them to find the right driver that could win the team a few titles in the season.
David Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda UK, said: “We are witnessing an emerging trend in the BTCC at present of young drivers coming to the fore, and Dan is unquestionably one of the leading lights of that next generation of future race-winners and title contenders. He is in the somewhat unique position of being young yet experienced from all his years racing in the support series, and his raw speed and racecraft are beyond doubt. We have been immediately impressed by his dedication and approach, and we are confident that in Matt and Dan, Honda has the perfect driver line-up to challenge for honours this season.”
Matt Neal also admitted that “This is a great signing for us, Dan has been very successful in every Championship he has competed in over the years. He’s incredibly difficult to pass and knows how to defend a position. We needed someone with his standing to help the team challenge for overall honours in all three championships this year. The goal for 2018 is to come away with as much silverware at the end of the season as possible. I’m really looking forward to him being my new team mate and to us battling away together this season. One thing is for sure with Dan, he will be able handle himself in this highly competitive championship, he conducts himself with professionalism and is good on camera, he really ticks all the boxes as a replacement for Flash and I wish him all the best for the coming season, it’s great to have him on board.”
Cammish first appeared on the TOCA package in 2013 where he won all twenty-four races he entered wrapping up the British Formula Ford title with two meetings to go. In 2014, he partnered Barrie Baxter in the British GT Championship driving a Porsche 911 GT4. The pair went on to finish eighth in the GT4 standings at the end of the season.
Cammish then returned to the TOCA package in 2015 racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain for Redline Racing. He would go on to win the title before retaining it again in 2016. Last year, he finished third in the driver’s standings in the Carrera Cup of GB – despite missing two races mid-season. Even though he finished third, he did win the most races with eight race wins to his name from thirteen starts.
And now he will replace three-time British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden at Halfords Yuasa Racing, something which he is very pleased by. “I’m obviously over the moon to be signing for Halfords Yuasa Racing,” said Cammish. “They are a team with a highly successful background and a team that has proven they can win championships. I’ve followed the Team Dynamics boys over the years from the Porsche paddock and can’t wait to get behind the wheel and try out the Honda Civic Type R first hand, you know they develop quick, well handling cars and I’m sure it will suit my style of driving.”
Despite this being his first season in the BTCC, Cammish has high hopes for the 2018 campaign. “I have my hopes set high for 2018 and lifting the overall drivers crown would be a dream come true, but first of all I appreciate, that as a works team driver, points for the manufacturer and team’s championships are the main priority.”
The first round of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship will take place at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on the 7th and 8th April.
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