Honda's Dan Cammish says starting from the front-row in second is a 'great place' to start from as he seeks to gain further ground in this season's British Touring Car Championship title race at Knockhill.

The Team Dynamics driver qualified within the top-three for the fourth consecutive race meeting after proving to be 'best of the rest' in second position behind the dominant pole-sitter Rory Butcher.

"I think it does [feel like pole position]. If you said I was going to be P2, I’d have snapped your hand off," Cammish told Crash.net.

"It’s a great place to start a race from. It’s not easy putting a touring car on the front row, even in the top five. Here it’s incredibly close. You’ve got to get everything out of it.

"I’m really happy with my bit and I’m really happy with Dynamics as to how we’re working as a team at the minute. The car is in such a sweet window, it’s a pleasure to drive at the moment."

Such was the pace of Butcher's 50.412s pole time, Cammish admitted that lap would've been nearly impossible for anyone else to beat.

"Rory’s [Butcher] lap, fair play to him. He’s looked like doing that all day. He’s topped both sessions. I don’t think anyone could have done that out there today," the Halfords Yuasa Racing driver continued.

"The BMWs, from what I’ve been told, were maxed, and I was maxed as well. We’re still 0.250s off and it just shows because there’s 0.250s back to tenth.

"It shows the kind of dominance he’s had today and that’s fair enough. If Rory’s to win and I’m second, I’ll celebrate on the podium just as much."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's opening race, Cammish is expecting to filter in behind what should prove to be a fast starting BMW of Andrew Jordan by turn one, but is happy to bank strong points in pursuit of closing the gap to championship leader Colin Turkington.

Cammish goes into race one as the highest placed non-BMW driver sitting third in the standings, 34-points off Turkington’s championship lead.

"There’s a good chance he [Jordan] is going to jump me. A RWD car will accelerate faster than a FWD car. Nothing I can do about that. If I’m third, so be it. I think Andrew could be quite aggressive tomorrow," said Cammish.

"I think he’s going for the win. He’ll see it as an opportunity to take points out of Colin. In my head, if I lose a few points to Andy tomorrow, it’s not the end of the world if we all gain on Colin.

"I’ll see that as a positive. Because here we all expect RWD cars to go well, but the next two rounds, if anything, I think suit us.

"So I’m closer going there, then they’ve got to come and race me at a place I know I go really well. We’ve done a good job today and it leads on well for tomorrow."

 

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