Honda BTCC title bid goes to the wire at Brands Hatch

Honda driver Dan Cammish will line up for the final rounds of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday 13th October as one of the three prime contenders for the highly coveted drivers' title.

A dramatic weather-affected weekend at Silverstone, where the initiative swung between the championship leaders with each of the three races, has left just five of the 30 BTCC drivers with a mathematical chance of claiming the title. But most observers expect either Cammish, Colin Turkington or Andrew Jordan to emerge with the big prize.

Cammish's Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R will line up for the first race just 16 points behind Turkington, whose team-mate Jordan currently holds third, just one point behind Cammish. With more than 60 points available from the three races, the title battle is too close to call.

The Honda man will also be encouraged by the knowledge that at last year's Brands Hatch finale, he took his first two race victories in the BTCC, while this week provided a further boost when he signed a two-year extension to his contract with Halfords Yuasa Racing.

Meanwhile Cammish's team-mate Matt Neal will be looking to end an unlucky 2019 BTCC season on a high at a circuit where he has enjoyed a lot of success – in nine seasons racing a works Honda he has won six times at the Kent track. He will also be looking for strong finishes in a bid to secure the manufacturers' title – with Honda currently in second place just 36 points off the lead – and to protect Halford Yuasa Racing's 22-point advantage in the teams championship.

All three races on 13th October will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Dan Cammish – Halfords Yuasa Racing driver

Where do I start with Silverstone! I struggled in Race 1 with the standard tyre and scrabbled home in 11th after I was pushed wide early on. Race 2 I had a strong race on the option tyre to take third. Race 3 on dry tyres it looked like I could keep the wet tyre runners at bay, but as the rain started to come down my heart sank. Hero to zero in about five laps but I still bought it home first of the slick runners!

Anyway onwards and upwards, After signing a new two-year contract this week, I am motivated more than ever to go all guns blazing for this title and to repay the team's faith in me. Watch out boys I’m coming to get you…

Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing driver and Team Dynamics Director

Well what a weekend that was! I qualified well on Saturday but Sunday was then really tricky with the conditions and the tyre choices. In race 1 the standard tyre unfortunately just didn’t work with everyone around us on the option tyre. Race 2 I was coming through the field until contact from another car ended my race with a puncture and then Race 3 was just a lottery! The boys in the garage did an awesome job changing tyres to get me out ahead of all three of our title rival's cars and I finished third from almost dead last on the grid!

So we go to Brands with our tails high – my primary role is obviously to help Dan try and win the drivers' championship, but also to stay out of trouble, keep my powder dry and try and bring home as many team and manufacturer points that I can. I can’t wait!

BTCC Drivers' Championship, after 27 rounds
1. Colin Turkington 297 points
2. Dan Cammish 281 points
3. Andrew Jordan 280 points
8. Matt Neal 199 points

BTCC Manufacturers' Championship, after 27 rounds
1. BMW 730 points
2. Honda 694 points
3. Vauxhall 552 points

BTCC Teams' Championship, after 24 rounds
1. Halfords Yuasa Racing 475 points
2 Team BMW 453 points
3. BTC Racing 388 points

The final three rounds of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship will take place at Brands Hatch, Kent on Sunday 13th October.

Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography