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Honda warriors shows fighting spirit as Cammish secures Jack Sears Trophy

  • Dan Cammish takes unassailable lead in Jack Sears Trophy

  • Brilliant fight-back earns Matt Neal strong finish on unlucky day at Silverstone

  • Honda holds onto second in Manufacturers’ standings

A charging double top ten finish in race three from Honda duo Matt Neal and Dan Cammish ensured a positive conclusion for Halfords Yuasa Racing at Silverstone during Rounds 25/26/27 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, as Cammish successfully secured the coveted Jack Sears Trophy in his rookie season.

With the BTCC’s traditionally tight margins in evidence once more during qualifying around the 2.638km National configuration of the iconic venue, Neal and Cammish had given the Team Dynamics-backed Honda squad reason to be positive of a podium challenge after claiming sixth and 11th on the grid respectively.

However, Neal’s hopes of Silverstone silverware in any of the three races were all but scuppered just two laps into the first encounter of the day when he was innocently collected by a wayward rival spinning into the path of his Honda Civic Type-R (FK8) at Becketts.

Consigned to the garage after suffering terminal rear suspension damage, with Neal’s race two grid position reflected in his early retirement from race one he was forced to push forward from a lowly 29th on the grid.  Undeterred, Neal demonstrated sheer determination to scythe his way back to the points in 14th.

It was momentum Neal proceeded to carry through into the final outing of the day, the three-time champion suggesting what could have been with the benefit of better fortune by clawing his way back into contention for a hard-fought seventh place, a mere three seconds from the win. Neal commented: “It has been a positive end to a weekend that could have delivered a lot more. Unfortunately, the incident in race one set the scene for the remainder of the day and the fact it was entirely out of our control just makes it all the more frustrating. Nonetheless, we worked hard as a team to get the car ready for race two and it’s satisfying to race back into the points from the back of the grid. We carried that momentum into race three as myself and Dan worked our way through the traffic. If there were a few more laps available I am confident we would have taken at least three more places. On a positive note, the Civic Type-R felt quick all weekend so I am already looking ahead to the final round at Brands Hatch where the Halfords Yuasa Racing team will look to end the season on a high!”

Cammish, meanwhile, progressed from the sixth row of the grid to secure tenth place in a tightly-contested first race of the day before a battling performance using the mandatory hard tyres saw him take the chequered flag in 15th during race two.

Like Neal though, Cammish saved his best for last as the pair worked together to make gains through the order with the rookie racer following his team-mate home in eighth position.

His triple-scoring efforts mean Cammish is the winner of the illustrious Jack Sears Trophy for 2018. Named in honour of the series’ inaugural champion in 1958 and eligible to drivers who began the season having never achieved a BTCC podium, Cammish quickly established himself as the driver to beat by stepping on the rostrum as early as round two, a feat he’d repeat on three further occasions.

Cammish said: “It’s terrific to seal the Jack Sears Trophy in my rookie BTCC season. The drivers that have won the title in previous years have gone on to achieve great things so I hope this will be the first of many big BTCC trophies with my name on! As for the event overall, it was a tough day at the office but with plenty of positives to take away. I don’t think we did very much wrong this weekend but the small margins of the BTCC around a circuit with only four corners worked against us at the crucial moments. Nonetheless, when we get the Civic Type-R into its sweet spot as we did in race three then it shows how competitive we can be, which only makes me more determined to prove it at the final round.”
In the overall drivers’ standings, Neal holds down ninth position with Cammish in 11th position, with Honda consolidating second in the manufacturers’ championship and Halfords Yuasa Racing sitting third in the teams’ classification.

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Jewelultra demonstrates all-new bodyshop products at Automechanika Frankfurt

Jewelultra, the leading supplier of vehicle paint and interior protection products, will be hosting live demonstrations of its new bodyshop products at Automechanika Frankfurt (stand E65, Hall 11.1).

The demonstrations will focus on Jewelultra’s two new bodyshop compounds – One Cut and One Finish. The two-step system removes scratches and swirls and leaves a high-gloss polished finish, saving time and money compared to conventional three-stage systems. The company will also use the show to launch two new retail products – Diamondbrite Headlight Restorer and Diamondbrite One Shot Screenwash, with exclusive deals on selected products available to show visitors.

Lance Boseley, Marketing Manager at Jewelultra said: “Appraising bodyshop products properly is always best achieved through a hands-on demonstration. One Cut and One Finish really stand apart from the competition thanks to their outstanding performance and usability, so we’re really looking forward to demonstrating those characteristics on our Automechanika stand.

“We will also be available to chat to visitors about our new Diamondbrite retail products – One Shot Screen Wash and Headlight Restorer – as well as discuss distributor opportunities.”

The Headlight Restorer from Diamondbrite is a clear solution that removes the tainted headlight coating and reapplies a clear coating without the need for an abrasive cloth. The screenwash is a unique, hassle-free ‘shot’ of concentrated screenwash which ensure smear-free vision but requires no mixing or diluting and is small enough to be stored in a glovebox.

All the new products have been subjected to rigorous testing in the Jewelultra laboratory and are already being used by bodyshops, valeters and service departments.

Automechanika Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair for the automotive service industry and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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Classy Cammish upholds Honda’s podium record north of the border

  • Pole position and top three double for BTCC rookie in Scotland

  • Honda Civic Type R proves its prowess come rain and shine

  • Matt Neal fights hard for points finish on challenging weekend

A Honda driver has finished on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship podium at Knockhill every year since 2009, and Dan Cammish kept that proud tradition going this weekend (25/26 August) with a head-turning performance for Halfords Yuasa Racing north of the border.

Around an undulating, rollercoaster ride of a circuit that historically favours rear wheel-drive machinery, Cammish upset the formbook in qualifying by speeding to his maiden BTCC pole position behind the wheel of the new Civic Type R (FK8) – making him the best average qualifier of the 2018 campaign to-date.

The heavens opened on race day, soaking the picturesque Fife racetrack, but the inclement conditions did not deter Honda’s standout rookie, who leapt off the line into the lead at the start of the curtain-raiser and confidently held sway at the front of the field throughout the opening 11 laps.

Although ultimately powerless to resist the rear wheel-drive onslaught, Cammish clung on valiantly to take the chequered flag third – and top front wheel-drive competitor – before replicating that result in race two following a hard-fought battle. The Yorkshireman was denied the opportunity to make it a points-scoring hat-trick in race three by mechanical issues, but could nonetheless reflect upon a thoroughly impressive weekend.

Cammish said: ” “If you’d offered me two top three finishes before the start of the weekend, I would have snapped your hand off! I was over the moon to secure my first BTCC pole position, although I don’t think anybody really gave me a prayer of getting to the first corner still in front in race one – at the end of the day, physics are physics and rear wheel-drive cars launch better than front wheel-drive cars do. I got away very well, though, and I did arrive there first and then made hay for the opening few laps while the RWD boys brought their tyres up to temperature. Eventually, that advantage was negated, but to hold onto third I thought was a really good effort – for me, that was effectively a win. Race two was a pretty sensible job too in very difficult conditions – it would have been so easy to put the car in the barriers trying to be a hero for just one more place. It was obviously a shame to conclude the weekend with the problem in race three, but that doesn’t take the overall shine away.”

Hamstrung by having to carry 39kg of success ballast in both qualifying and race one, team-mate Matt Neal lined up a frustrated 21st on the closely-contested grid, before being removed from contention at mid-distance by an errant rival. From thereon in, his weekend became an exercise in damage limitation, and the three-time champion showcased his skill to rise to 17th in race two and a points-scoring 15th in the finale.

The results leave Neal ninth in the Drivers’ standings and Cammish tenth, with Honda and Halfords Yuasa Racing second in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ tables respectively ahead of the remaining two outings at Silverstone (15/16 September) and Brands Hatch GP (29/30 September).

Neal commented: “This weekend has just gone to emphasise how important qualifying is in the BTCC, and it’s always incredibly tight at Knockhill – I was barely six tenths-of-a-second adrift of Dan, and that equated to 20 places! Yes, I was carrying a bit more weight, but that didn’t explain the whole time loss – we tried a different tyre strategy to Dan, which evidently didn’t pay off. That was then compounded by the rain, because the problem with being down the order in those conditions is visibility – you literally cannot see a thing. It got pretty lively out there, although my fun in race one ended when I was helped off the track at the final hairpin. Race two was another adventure – I almost went into the end of the pit wall at one stage – and we just lost the front tyres halfway through race three, like a lot of the front wheel-drive cars did. You need a bit of luck in the BTCC, and that’s clearly been lacking for us this weekend but on the positive side, we’ll be lighter going to Silverstone and we will bounce back.”


Watch the exclusive interview with Dan Cammish at Knockhill here:

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Motorcycle News Review

Dan Sutherland from Motorcycle News has given the Diamondbrite Motorcycle Degreaser a 5 star review!

He said: “Ten washes degreasing bike parts is one of my least favourite jobs, but this makes it a doddle. Simply spray on, mildly agitate unwanted muck and watch as the formula removes the stain before your eyes. Simply spray off any residue with a hose and it’s job done. The only downside is the pungent smell it gives off.”

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Honda duo battle hard on tough Rockingham weekend

  • Dan Cammish secures double top ten on Rockingham swansong

  • Matt Neal fights back from qualifying troubles to aid points challenge

  • Halfords Yuasa Racing secure manufacturer victory in final race of the weekend

  • Halfords Yuasa Racing pair Matt Neal and Dan Cammish battled hard on track to secure vital championship points on a challenging weekend of racing in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham.

Both drivers showed strong pace on track at the wheel of their Honda Civic Type Rs, but found themselves unable to push for a place on the podium due to the forceful nature of racing in the midfield.

Bouyed by his victory in the special ‘Diamond Double’ race last time out at Snetterton, Neal found himself on the back foot going into race day after a difficult Saturday that saw the team forced to change the engine on his car ahead of qualifying.

Having got the triple champion out on track, Neal qualified just a second away from pole position, although the close nature of the grid meant he found himself 29th on the grid for race one.

Delayed by an incident at the start, Neal fought hard in race one to finish in 18th spot, and showed top six pace in both races two and three, although plenty of contact in the midfield meant he had to settle for 14th and 15th place finishes.

Matt Neal said: “You can’t hide from the fact that it’s been a tough weekend for us and luck hasn’t been on our side. We were really on the back foot after qualifying because the margins have been so close that we found ourselves towards the rear of the field and it was always going to be tough from there. Some of the racing in the mid-pack is brutal and I found myself trying to look after the car as best I could but have still come away with quite a bit of damage. The lap times showed that the Civic Type R was a quick car this weekend and to end it with a Manufacturers win in race three is a positive. However, it’s onwards and upwards from here and we have to focus on the next round at Knockhill.”

Series rookie Cammish came close to securing a maiden pole position in qualifying for race one, where he picked up a fifth place finish despite carrying damage as a legacy of contact on the opening lap.

Rain ahead of the second race created challenging conditions on track, with Cammish one of those drivers caught out by a damp patch on the circuit as he ran wide at Deene whilst fighting for tenth place; an incident that left him instead outside the points in 21st spot.

However, the Yorkshireman fought back well in race three despite being on the less favourable hard tyre to end his weekend with a second top ten finish.

Dan Cammish said: “I think character building is a good way to sum the weekend up for me. It’s clear to see that we had good pace in the car on Saturday and on another day we could have had pole and then would have avoided the incident at the start of race one, which just unfortunate. The field bunched up and I made contact with Sam [Tordoff], which was completely unintentional and the last thing I wanted to do. We carried some damage after that but managed to bring home some points in fifth place but the mixed conditions in race two didn’t favour us and I found myself on a damp part of the circuit fighting for position and it cost me. I feel I got the best I could from the car in race three and P21 to P10 was a good way to end what has been a tough meeting where we haven’t been able to pick up the results that our pace deserved.”

The points scored in the final race allowed the Honda teams’ to top score amongst the manufacturer entries to maintain second in the Manufacturers’ Championship whilst Halfords Yuasa Racing ends the weekend just two points away from the lead of the Teams Championship.

Neal sits in fifth place in the Drivers’ Championship, just twelve points off the top three, with Cammish just a point away from the top ten.

Cammish also retains the lead of the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

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Six crucial tips for effective summer car care

Britain might not have the most reliable summer weather but that won’t stop millions of motorists giving their cars some much-needed TLC over the coming months. The experts here at Diamondbrite are offering tips on how to make the job easier, get the best results, and avoid common pitfalls.

John Boseley, Managing Director of Diamondbrite, says: “Washing the car seems straightforward enough, but we repeatedly see people making harder work of it than they need to, and it can be disheartening if the result doesn’t seem worth the effort. Our simple tips will help motorists spend less time and effort and achieve a super summer shine.”

Tips for a super summer shine

  • Cool shade and cold water 


    1. Wash the car in the shade to avoid the suds drying out and leaving stubborn and unsightly residues on hot paintwork. A quality car shampoo will work just as well in cold water as in hot water, but won’t dry as quickly. Rinse the suds and dry with a fine microfibre cloth for a brilliant shine. And remember that washing-up liquid will strip away protective layers of wax or polish, so is best avoided.
  • Wax for a lasting shine


    1. Waxing the car after washing enhances and prolongs the shine. It protects the bodywork against strong sunlight that can cause paint to fade, and it will make the car easier to clean for months afterwards. A spray-on wax is much easier and quicker to use than a hard wax, and should keep the car protected until the autumn.
  • Banish bird lime and bugs 


    1. In the summer months, cars can get peppered with bird lime and bug splats. Bird lime in particular can cause damage to paintwork if not quickly removed, and like splattered bugs it can be harder to remove as the sun bakes the deposits onto the paint. Removing these contaminants regularly will help prevent damage and save on elbow-grease later.
  • Love leather and keep fabrics free of grit 


    1. Leather upholstery can dry out in prolonged hot temperatures, leading to discoloration and cracking. Keep it supple with a nourishing leather feeder. Also, be sure to mop up spills to avoid stains and stop odours baking into fabric seat fibres. Vacuum dirt and beach sand from seats and carpets to prevent scuffs and accelerated wear.
  • Freshen the interior in a flash 


    1. A weekly squirt and wipe with a plastic replenisher will keep the dash and door-cards clean. It will also give your car a lasting subtle fresh scent in place of the musty, dusty smell that can blight interiors during the hot summer months.
  • Sun cream is for skin, not car surfaces


  1. Essential for our skin’s summertime wellbeing, sun cream is a nightmare for car surfaces inside and out. From SPF 4 to 50, the chemical formulation in sun cream can leave stubborn white stains on paintwork and dash plastics that can seem impossible to shift. So, take extra care to avoid leaving behind long-lasting white splashes and fingerprints. Should the worst happen, paintwork that has been protected by a quality wax will be much easier to clean.

Diamondbrite products are developed and rigorously tested at its UK manufacturing facility in Leicestershire to ensure they offer unbeatable performance. A market-leader in paint and fabric protection, Diamondbrite is a family business that has been pioneering in the car care sector for over 25 years. Top sellers from the Diamondbrite range include Waterless Wash & Wax, Speedy Wax, Ruby Red Wheel Cleaner, and Replenish plastic and vinyl treatment.

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Dealerships to benefit from new Diamondbrite online training solution

Diamondbrite Online training

Jewelultra has launched a tailored online training solution for businesses to help them more successfully close sales of the Diamondbrite paint and fabric protection system. The bespoke portal enables retailer and dealership staff to develop and refine valuable selling skills, giving them confidence to present the products to customers and generate crucial additional income.

Market-leading Diamondbrite is an advanced two-stage chemical paint and fabric protection product. Although it is a UK market-leader, Diamondbrite is exported to dealer groups around the world. The British chemicals manufacturer partnered with Spartan Retail Support, a leading provider of sales training services, to develop the training programme to give its global customer base a consistent level of top quality, highly effective, timely sales training. Diamondbrite is the first paint protection brand to collaborate with Spartan Retail Support on such an online resource. Continue reading Dealerships to benefit from new Diamondbrite online training solution

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Neal fires himself firmly into title fight at Croft

Neal fires himself firmly into title fight at Croft
Jakob Ebrey photography

Matt Neal produced a gritty performance to fire himself firmly into title contention in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft this weekend (23/24 June), with a trio of strong top ten finishes vaulting him up to third in the Drivers’ standings at the midway point of the 2018 campaign.

Both Neal and Halfords Yuasa Racing team-mate Dan Cammish had to dig deep after struggling for speed during qualifying around the North Yorkshire circuit, with the three-time champion placing 15th on the grid and the BTCC rookie 20th amongst the 32 high-calibre protagonists. Continue reading Neal fires himself firmly into title fight at Croft

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