Cam­mish con­tin­ues march to­wards ti­tle

Both Jaguar Sa­loon and GT Cham­pi­onship races were dom­i­nated by the Lis­ter Jaguar of Thomas But­ter­field with win­ning mar­gins of 7s.

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Knockhill - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Dan Cam­mish scored another dou­ble win as ti­tle ri­val Dino Zam­par­elli strug­gled for a sec­ond week­end in a row.

Knock­hill was one of the few cir­cuits Cam­mish didn’t dom­i­nate at last year as he re­lied on an er­ror from Josh Web­ster to tri­umph.

But there were no such prob­lems this time for the Red­line driver as he led ev­ery lap in Scot­land. Through­out both races he had team-mate Char­lie East­wood be­hind but the Scholar was un­able to keep pace with the reign­ing cham­pion.

Tom Sharp com­pleted the podium in the opener but the main fea­ture of the race was Stephen Jel­ley’s surge up the or­der. De­spite still feel­ing the ef­fects from his mas­sive shunt at Snet­ter­ton two weeks ago, the Team Parker racer climbed up to fourth spot.

The sec­ond race in­cluded a thrilling bat­tle be­tween Sharp and Tom Oliphant for the final podium place, which was even­tu­ally re­solved in favour of Sharp.

There was no such ex­cite­ment for Zam­par­elli – he could only man­age a brace of sixth places.

Colin Philpott claimed pole for race one and was look­ing to add to his tally of three wins this sea­son, but a poor start gave But­ter­field a free pass into Al­lard for the lead. Ian Drage fol­lowed close be­hind in sec­ond. Ul­ti­mately But­ter­field was un­trou­bled through­out but the re­cov­ery from Philpott, who had dropped to fifth at the start, was sub­lime. By the mid­way stage the XJS was run­ning in fourth be­hind Kevin Doyle and Drage, the lat­ter los­ing out to the for­mer a few laps be­fore. Philpott seized third from Drage with a force­ful brake-lock­ing ma­noeu­vre into the chi­cane. He claimed sec­ond late on when Doyle had a tankslap­per at Brook­lands and spun onto the grass, with Drage com­plet­ing the podium.

Race two was more straight­for­ward as But­ter­field took a lights-to-flag vic­tory, leav­ing Philpott and Drage to squab­ble over sec­ond. The XJS driver had again lost out to his ri­val at the start but a car­bon copy of his race one pass into the chi­cane meant the podium was un­changed.

Ian Hall won two of the three Spe­cial Saloons and Mod­sports races over the week­end. Pole­sit­ter Paul Si­b­ley was un­able to keep Hall’s Dar­rian be­hind and had to set­tle for sec­ond in race one. He made amends in race two, sur­viv­ing late pres­sure from Ian Sta­ple­ton to win from pole. Hall was out of con­tention cour­tesy of a 10-place grid drop suc­cess penalty for his ef­forts in the open­ing round, but race three was an in­tense en­counter as he diced with Thomas Carey for the win. Hav­ing trailed Hall for the ma­jor­ity of the race, Carey shot up the in­side at Al­lard late on. He looked to have se­cured the win but ran over the grass at the com­plex, al­low­ing Hall to se­cure his sec­ond vic­tory of the week­end.

Richard Wheeler won the short­ened Swing­ing Six­ties race af­ter a red flag in­ter­rupted the ses­sion. Ray­mond Bar­row ini­tially looked favourite for the win un­til Mike Mcbride rolled into the Armco at Good­wood af­ter col­lect­ing the spin­ning Jim Gather­cole. For­tu­nately no one was hurt and once the race was restarted Wheeler’s Elan was dom­i­nant as he cruised to vic­tory 35s ahead of Bar­row.

A red flag stop­page also be­fell the Open Se­ries when Do­minic Malone lost con­trol of his BMW and crashed into a mar­shal’s post. Pole­sit­ter Chris­tian Pit­tard even­tu­ally won the race de­spite a poor get­away. Tommy Field ini­tially held a size­able lead un­til the red flag and he was back in the lead a few laps af­ter the restart. How­ever, Pit­tard’s Cater­ham was too quick for the Vaux­hall Ti­gra and he fin­ished sec­ond.

Nigel Ainge and Danny Cas­sar won in Tin Tops de­spite a 30s suc­cess penalty. The Honda In­te­gra got a bad start in the hands of Ainge but worked its way up to third prior to the stops. With the or­der set­tled, Cas­sar, now at the wheel, was in the lead stay­ing there un­til the flag. Richard Wheeler was dis­qual­i­fied from sec­ond for not re­spond­ing to black flags, while the ex­cel­lent Wil­liam Hardy re­tired with a ter­mi­nal en­gine is­sue.

A suc­cess penalty also failed to deny John Spiers in the Clas­sic K round. Start­ing from pole he was con­sis­tent through­out and, fol­low­ing the stops and his penalty for his win at Brands Indy, he closed down David Hol­royd for the lead. Once he got past on the main straight late on the re­sult was never in doubt.

Peter Rat­cliff and Jonathan Mitchell were in­volved in a tense bat­tle in the Mag­nif­i­cent Sevens. De­spite a brief safety car in­ter­rupt­ing the bat­tle mid­way through, Rat­cliff and Mitchell re­sumed their fight once the track went green, the for­mer even­tu­ally pulling away to win.

Mark Chilton won the Fu­ture Clas­sics race af­ter a late safety car for the burn­ing Tri­umph of Jon Fox caught out Mark Lu­cock, who hadn’t stopped. Chilton ran sec­ond for much of the race and once Lu­cock stopped dur­ing the safety car pe­riod, tum­bling down the field, it paved the way for the Porsche to ease to vic­tory.

Piers Reid took an ex­cel­lent vic­tory in the New Mil­len­nium Se­ries. Fol­low­ing the stops and suc­cess penal­ties for the main con­tenders, he trailed the E36 of Lee Spencer. He even­tu­ally got past at Al­lard and the re­sult was se­cure when Spencer crashed into the bar­ri­ers at the com­plex sec­tion on the final lap.

Ray West was dom­i­nant in the Mod­ern Clas­sics round. With a suc­cess penalty for favourites David Mar­cussen and Stu­art Hall, the path was clear af­ter the stops for West to claim an un­trou­bled vic­tory.

But­ter­field ran out as win­ner of both Jag races

Spiers (left) topped the Clas­sic K field

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