BTCC 2019: Knockhill – Preview

The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads north of the border to Scotland and Knockhill this weekend for rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the 2019 campaign.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington continues to lead the standings ahead of his teammate Andrew Jordan with 30 points separating the pair ahead of this weekend’s action, but with nine races still to go and more than 200 points on offer, the Championship fight isn’t over yet.

Sitting four points further behind Jordan in the Championship table is Team Dynamics Dan Cammish who will be looking to continue his run of good form after picking up his first win of the season last time out at Thruxton.

“Thruxton was a great weekend for me and the team,” said Cammish. “To get the monkey off our back with our first win of the season was awesome, and to come away from that round with the biggest points haul I have ever accumulated in one BTCC weekend was amazing.”

Cammish heads into this weekend full of confidence after taking his maiden BTCC pole position at the track last year and admits he now has his ‘eyes on the prize’ being just 34 points behind Championship leader Turkington.

“I took my maiden pole position at Knockhill last year and I really like the track – it’s great for the spectators as they can get really close to the action and it’s great to drive,” told Cammish. “There is really no respite and you have to take your chances and be brave to overtake. I certainly have my eye on the prize now being just 34 points off the top of the table so I will be trying to put my Honda Civic Type R at the sharp end again this weekend, I can’t wait.”

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Cammish took his first win of the season in tricky conditions last time out.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook sits fourth in the Championship, a further four points behind Cammish and 38 points behind Turkington.

Hometown hero Rory Butcher sits fifth in the Championship and is looking to send the Scottish fans home happy at the conclusion of Sunday’s racing.

“We’re still in the running and we’ll be giving it everything,” Butcher told the BTCC website. “It’s my ‘home ground’ and racing up in Scotland at Knockhill is always such a buzz. The fans make it what it is, and I’ll do my best to send them home happy.

“For any Scottish driver that races up in Scotland – myself and Aiden (Moffat) at the moment – it’s an unreal feeling. The supporters will have been watching the BTCC all season, so they’ll be chomping at the bit to see the Scots in action. My family and friends too, have seen me grow up around the sport and I can always count on them to cheer me on. It’ll be fantastic. It’s their only opportunity to come to a nearby circuit and watch me race!

“I’ve been relishing racing this Honda at Knockhill since I first tested at the circuit back in March. I’m feeling good. All I can do is my best, and we’ll have to see what happens. I have a good understanding of how the car will behave and how we can get the most out of it there.

“I won’t change my approach. The key is to take advantage when you’re on form and when the car’s working for you. You’ve got to take the podiums and the big points. There are other times where you’ve got to settle for seventh or eighth. I played it like this in the MG last year and it’s worked so far this year.

“We want to be top three or thereabouts heading to the final weekend at Brands Hatch.”

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Butcher is raring to go as he races on home turf this weekend.

This weekend see’s Butcher without his regular race engineer Mike Bushell who will return to the grid in the absence of Sam Tordoff who will miss the action after the tragic passing of his newborn son, Arlo.

“Sam and the Tordoff family saw Mike as a natural choice,” team boss Shaun Hollamby said.

“The whole team has made huge steps forward this season, and Sam has been integral in pushing the team forward over the last 10 months.

“Without Sam’s strong work ethic and determination, the team wouldn’t have been in the strong position that we are currently in. Mike was his first choice as substitute driver, having worked together throughout the season.

“There is no pressure on Mike in terms of results and the priority this weekend is to show full respect to Sam, Georgina and the Tordoff family at this difficult time.”

As we push towards the climax of the season, there is sure to be plenty more twists and turns before we crown the 2019 BTCC Champion.

Header image from BTCC

By Jordan Hollands

 

 

 

 

 

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