Honda driver Dan Cammish is hopeful he can challenge for his first British Touring Car Championship race victory after qualifying third for today's race at Rockingham.

The BTCC rookie found himself in the thick of contention for pole position in yesterday's 30-minute timed shootout, but cut a frustrated figure after failing to improve on the time he managed to set in the previous FP2 session.

Cammish caught traffic during the final corner of what he felt could have been a pole-worthy lap. Nevertheless, third position still marks his second best qualifying effort of his 2018 campaign thus far.

"I was gutted," Cammish told "I had such a good car in FP2. In the past, I’ve usually done a bit better in qualifying. I always find a little bit extra.

"I actually couldn’t [yesterday]. I was a kind of maxed. A couple of opportunities I had to do a very good job, I got held up. There was quite a lot of traffic out there.

"On one lap, I got all the way to the last corner pretty much scot free and I thought ‘this is it’ but I caught up straight to the back of someone. I was gutted.

"But I’m still at the front of the grid. Third is a great place to start any race. I’m very happy with that. Let’s see what we can do this morning. It’s irrelevant now. It’s all water under the bridge. My opportunity for pole position will come. All smiles today."

Currently sitting 11th in the points standings, Cammish is hoping to take advantage of not running any success ballast during the opening race.

"I’ve got no ballast so it’s all to play for this morning. I’m pretty confident we can do a very good job," Cammish continued.

"I think we’ve certainly been in the race before for a win. We were right there at Donington and I wasn’t exactly slow at Snetterton. We’ll just have to see. You never know what’s going to happen in any race. I’m sure if I can get somewhere near the front, I’ll definitely be in the race."



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