Halfords Yuasa Racing's Dan Cammish believes he extracted the maximum from his Honda Civic Type-R after missing out on pole by just 0.002s in British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Snetterton. 

Cammish looked odds on to secure pole position for tomorrow's first race after the Team Dynamics driver topped both practice sessions prior to qualifying.

Indeed, Cammish carried that momentum into qualifying and led much of the 30-minute shootout after breaking the existing lap record early in the session.

However, the Honda driver ultimately had to give best to Tom Ingram, who produced a sensational 1'54.737s lap to snatch the top spot away from Cammish by the smallest of margins.

"It’s been a really good day," Cammish told Crash.net. "It’s been a very strong day for me and the team. The car has been really good all day in a really good window.

"I think we delivered a really good lap when it mattered. A 54.7 is not a bad effort. Fair play to Tom [Ingram] for doing it.

"I got the best out of it. I think my sectors proved that. There was very little left. Tom put everything together. He done one lap that pipped me.

"I did two or three that were in the same ballpark. We’ve had that sort of performance from the test. It’s a shame we’ve not quite delivered it when it really mattered."

Having made good ground in the championship with a strong double podium result last time out at Oulton Park, Cammish is looking to maintain his upwards surge in the title race.

"Of course I’m disappointed to be second, especially when you’re that close to pole. Also, when you look at the people around and the championship, to start second on a touring car grid is still a good place to start," Cammish continued.

"Tomorrow is all about scoring some good points and keeping this championship going.

"We’ve closed the gap to the top bunch, obviously not to Colin [Turkington] but no one is closing to Colin. All we can do is go again."

With the new BMW 3 Series setting the current standard in this year's title race, Cammish is mindful of profiting on a circuit which doesn't tend to favour the RWD runners.

"Ultimately the BMWs don’t look quite as strong here, but he’s still qualified in fifth with full weight. Not exactly horrendous," said Cammish.

"I think there are corners here where the advantage of RWD doesn’t show. I knew coming here, if they beat us here then we’re in trouble.

"I always thought, if anywhere, this was the place we could fight back. For me, it’s about right.

"Ultimately we’ve got to try and get off the line well and lead. Turkington is starting fifth so he’s going to be somewhere near by the first corner."

 

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