Honda's Dan Cammish says crashing out of a championship winning position with less than two-laps to go during a dramatic British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch 'will hurt for a while'.

The Team Dynamics driver came within two-laps of claiming a stunning maiden BTCC drivers' crown but suffered heartbreak on the penultimate lap of the race after crashing out of ninth position with brake failure at Hawthorn corner.

During what proved to be an extraordinary climax to the 2019 title battle, Cammish went into the finale eight-points ahead of eventual champion Colin Turkington, whose title charge looked to be all but over following a controversial incident with Cammish's Honda team mate Matt Neal in race two.

A magnificent win from 12th on the grid in race one, coupled with another podium finish with third in race two, gave Cammish the upper hand heading into round 30, but the 30-year old missed out on the title by just two-points to four-time champion Turkington.

"What do you say? It’s disappointing. There’s nothing but luck in that. It was brake failure. The only mechanical failure I’ve had in two-years. Testament to Dynamics and how much of a great job they do," said Cammish.

"It just wasn’t to be. It wasn’t my day. The drive in race one was fantastic. It gave me a chance. Something I went to bed dreaming about but probably preparing myself for disappointment.

"Race one gave me a shot at it. Race two was great as well and then Colin was so fast in the last one. Much faster than I was. I had 42 kilos and he was free of weight.

"It’s just the fastest car on the grid by a chunk. I’m proud to have taken it to the wire. Two wins to their twelve kind of shows how dominant they were at a time.

"This will hurt for a while, but we’ll regroup and try and come back stronger. There’s things I can do better and there’s things we can do as a team better.

"We’ll come back swinging."

Leading up to Cammish's dramatic penultimate lap shunt, the 30-year old had been penned in behind the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus of Ollie Jackson, who he had been unable to pass for a series of laps.

Cammish said sitting behind the Ford had cooked the brakes of his Honda Civic Type R, which led to the high speed off which ultimately changed the destiny of this season's championship.

"His [Jackson's] softs were done and I just cooked the brakes behind him," Cammish explained.

"I wasn’t quite fast enough to pass him in the early laps. Sat behind him for too long and cooked the brakes. When I was actually in a position to pass him, I had brake failure.

"That’s in the hands of the Gods that one. I flashed him numerous times. I really wished he jumped out of the way and gave me a fighting chance."

 

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