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The British Touring Car Championship is back, so Team Dynamics and Halfords Yuasa Racing opened their doors to show how the UK's premier motorsport series goes racing after the coronavirus lockdown.

The season started with Cammish claiming victory in Round 1, while the duo banked a solid finish in Rounds 2 and 3 to the end of the first weekend of the new season near the top of the table and in high spirits.

A revised schedule for the 2020 campaign has been implemented, making up for lost time by cramming nine of the 10 originally planned race weekends into a truncated calendar which sees BTCC fans treated to the first four meetings in just over a month.

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Despite the season being behind closed doors to fans and prominent rivals taking a step back this year, Team Dynamics was always fully committed to competing in the BTCC this season.

"I never had any doubts," explained Dan Cammish. "I knew obviously we've all taken as many precautions as we can. I generally tried to keep myself distanced as if we get [coronavirus] now, we're in trouble so we're taking even more precautions than usual and you need to wrap yourself in cotton wool a little bit, but I never contemplated not taking part. As long as we social distance, abide by the rules and have a bit of common sense as well when it comes to what we're doing, we should be okay."

Matt Neal echoed that stance: "It never crossed my mind to not race because of COVID. I had faith in [BTCC Series Director] Alan Gow putting a calendar together and us getting back to it. I'm not taking it glibly or anything, as this is obviously very serious. I wasn't taking anything for granted but I was always hoping to go racing this year. They've done an amazing job to get a nine-meeting championship. Okay, we're going to be running a bit later [in the year] and it's going to be intense - August is pretty much written off for a lot of people but we're racing."

Responsibility for implementing logistical changes in the Worcestershire-based squad this season has fallen on Team Dynamics manager James Rodgers, who was tasked with producing a 78-page document assessing the risks of a return to racing as well as organising how the scaled-down outfit will tackle events.

"The team has been sensible - in our social lives we aren't all out and about, putting ourselves at risk because we realise we've got a responsibility to the team so we're in a bit of a social bubble at work," Rodgers said. "We've had to really seriously think about who we bring and what we do. We're probably about six people down on what we would normally bring. The logistical side of things falls on my head, even down to who goes in what cars to and from the hotel."

At Donington restrictions were implemented in the paddock with teams only allowed a limited number of personnel on site while masks or face coverings were compulsory for the duration of the weekend.

Team Dynamics conducted regular temperature checks on all staff members, including drivers, in order to flag up any potential risk of infection and no hospitality tents or sponsor activations were present so crew members were fuelled through a takeaway-style service.

Unnecessary contact between teams and all paperwork was carried out electronically while one-way systems were in operation inside circuit buildings and garage doors were left open at every opportunity. The pit lane walkabout, autograph sessions and drivers parade - all key features which help fans get closer to the BTCC - were cancelled, even before the decision was made to ban spectators from events this month.

And changes to the broadcast coverage were obvious with ITV operating out of a confined compound while drivers held post-race interviews over video link and were only allowed to step on the podium one at a time – after their trophy and champagne bottle had been disinfected.

They even took into account the procedure in the event of a crash which drivers were told they would have to put their helmet and gloves in plastic bags to avoid contamination and only utilise the medical car if completely necessary, with all of these protocols designed to give the championship the best possible chance of running smoothly.

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