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Snetterton BTCC testing: Dan Cammish leads Honda 1-2-3 on day one

Dan Cammish Honda Snetterton BTCC test 2018

Hondas locked out the top three positions after the first day of a two-day Dunlop British Touring Car Championship tyre test at Snetterton.

Dan Cammish headed the times in his Honda Civic Type R in front of Eurotech Racing runner Jack Goff and Cammish's team-mate Matt Neal in a Team Dynamics car.

BTCC rookie Cammish was delighted to have set the best time of 1m56.581s, and was pleased that he had some testing ahead of the race meeting at the Norfolk venue on July 28/29.

"I have been going to circuits recently where I haven't tested, and that has really hurt me," said Cammish.

"I have been getting to tracks, going through all the bedding-in and scrubbing-in processes and that has left me with about five laps to try and be as fast as guys who have been in the BTCC and front-wheel-drive for years. It has been tough.

"That won't be the case here when we get to the meeting - and I am really confident with the car.

"I will go away and think about what we have learned and push again tomorrow. We have a great base car."

Goff's time, a 1m56.800s, was set in the morning running. He tried a longer race run in the afternoon, but he cut short his mileage when he felt a small vibration.

"We just wanted to be on the safe side, but I am please we are in the ballpark," said Goff. "We had a torrid last meeting at Croft, so this means we can move on from that."

Neal ran his newer-spec FK8 Honda Civic without ballast for his fastest time, which was a 1m 56.829s.

Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford Snetterton BTCC test 2018

Tom Chilton's Ford Focus was fourth, and the Motorbase Performance driver said that he had been working through longer runs ahead of July 29's Double Diamond race, which will be twice the length of normal BTCC encounters.

"I was able to push way beyond what would have been a normal race distance, and there was hardly any drop off," he said. "And that was on the medium compound tyres. I am very encouraged by that."

Jake Hill, who announced his departure from Team Hard earlier in the day, drove and AmD Tuning MG in the afternoon session.

Wednesday test times

1.Dan CammishHonda1m56.581s 50
2.Jack GoffEurotech Honda1m56.800s+0.219s64
3.Matt NealHonda1m56.829s+0.248s48
4.Tom ChiltonMotorbase Ford1m56.953s+0.372s74
5.Andrew JordanWSR BMW1m56.986s+0.405s45
6.Rob AustinHMS Alfa Romeo1m57.120s+0.539s41
7.James ColeMotorbase Ford1m57.177s+0.596s53
8.Mike BushellHard VW1m57.259s+0.678s33
9.Josh CookPower Maxed Vauxhall1m57.387s+0.806s41
10.Colin TurkingtonWSR BMW1m57.414s+0.833s35
11.Tom IngramSpeedworks Toyota1m57.429s+0.848s54
12.Adam MorganCicely Mercedes1m57.439s+0.858s17
13.Stephen JelleyParker BMW1m57.538s+0.957s60
14.Rob CollardWSR BMW1m57.572s+0.991s49
15.Senna ProctorPower Maxed Vauxhall1m57.719s+1.138s54
16.Aiden MoffatLaser Tools Mercedes1m57.759s+1.178s51
17.Rory ButcherAmD MG1m57.847s+1.266s44
18.Tom Onslow-ColeHard VW1m58.056s+1.475s41
19.Ash SuttonBMR Subaru1m58.106s+1.525s55
20.Tom OliphantCicely Mercedes1m58.158s+1.577s24
21.Jake HillAmD MG1m58.264s+1.683s22
22.Bobby ThompsonHard VW1m58.346s+1.765s18
23.Ollie JacksonAmD Audi1m58.361s+1.780s46
24.Brett SmithEurotech Honda1m58.396s+1.815s29
25.Sam SmeltAmD Audi1m58.426s+1.845s62
26.Jason PlatoBMR Subaru1m58.585s+2.004s24
27.Michael CaineHard VW1m58.893s+2.312s27

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