Dunlop BTCC Brands Hatch Indy; what a difference a tyre makes
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is renowned for high-action racing; but nobody could have predicted the outcome of this weekend. In fact, as Momentum’s first round in charge of the Dunlop Tyres social media accounts, it couldn’t have been more exciting. Read on for our day-by-day round-up of the weekend’s action at Brands Hatch Indy.
Dunlop BTCC debutant Dan Cammish
On Friday, the Momentum team took to the track to interview Dan Cammish; the man who’s filled the coveted Honda Racing seat left behind by double-champion Gordon Shedden. As we walked the twists and turns of the the 1.2km Brands Hatch Indy circuit, it was clear to see Dan meant business; this was confirmed during Saturday’s sessions where we filmed a 360° lap for fans to enjoy.
In qualifying, Dan stunned the grid and took provisional pole, however was stripped of his times for running a red light in the pit lane. As a result, he missed out on a dream debut to start 4th on the grid. But on the positive side, Dan produced stellar performances and left the weekend with the Jack Sears trophy for placing highest in the rookies. Look out BTCC fans, this guy is a contender.
Dunlop tyre technicians
We’ve already deliberated the question ‘how do we make the tyre area cool’ many times. So, this weekend we set out to do just that and judging by the reaction we succeeded. The video in question has already racked up over 12,000 views; contributing to an 187% overall increase in video views as of Monday morning.
There’s some great personalities within the Dunlop Motorsport team, which fans wouldn’t usually be able to enjoy. The technicians are great ambassadors for the brand as well as an integral part of the BTCC’s success; it’s only right that we tell their story too. It’s a bonus that the fans reacted with huge positivity.
A race weekend like no other
If you’ve never seen the Dunlop BTCC before, go back and watch this weekend on ITV player; the pure action and emotion emulates exactly why thousands of people have a deep love for the sport. In addition to the high-octane racing and home-grown talent, the BTCC has a proud family atmosphere and strong connections between fans and drivers.
In addition, the weekend was a shining example of why Dunlop Tyres is so integral to the excitement. After a dry start to the weekend, free practice and qualifying went smoothly; however as the rain came down on Sunday morning, tyre management became the prime topic of conversation. In short, the opener produced 3 different race winners, 9 different drivers on the podium with maiden podiums for Jake Hill, Ollie Jackson and an astounding first win for Senna Proctor.
We’ve never really run the Option-Soft tyre in wet conditions, but as the track dried it all worked; I’m over the moon and race two will go down in history.
– Micky Butler, Dunlop Motorsport Manager
Due to the rain, race one was run on Dunlop BluResponse tyres; creating an equal playing field with all drivers using the same tyres and none carrying success ballast. However, as the rain subsided in race two, experienced champions at the front of the grid remained on wet tyres. Whereas the rising stars at the back of the grid gambled on Prime and Option-Soft tyres.
As a result, they unknowingly created the recipe for a truly-historic race; out of the 15 race winners and 5 champions on the grid, not a single one made the podium. Instead, 2017 rookie Senna Proctor took his first win after charging from 27th to 1st position; equalling the Dunlop #ForeverForward record set at the same time last year and in the process proving how vital tyre management is to success.
Senna was joined on the podium by Team HARD’s Jake Hill and AMD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson; neither driver had ever made the podium before and the Momentum team were privileged to share an emotional moment with each driver.
“Don’t ask me how it happened, because I couldn’t tell you. We made the soft tyre gamble and I just kept on driving. Then… P1!”
– Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing
“The soft tyres got warm and suddenly we’d passed Ingram, I knew we were up there but when my radio came on and everyone was screaming and celebrating… I’ll remember this race forever.”
– Jake Hill, Team HARD