Cammish and Zamparelli Lead Carrera Cup Le Mans
This was the one they all wanted to win. This year the Carrera Cup GB supported the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe, in front of a crowd of over 200,000. A packed grid of 61 911 Cup cars took the start, the numbers bolstered by additional runners from some of Europe’s other Carrera Cup series. It was however the entrants from the GB field that dominated proceedings, the race counting as round seven of the GB championship.
Dino Zamparelli made the best start from the front row, getting alongside pole sitter Florian Latorre of Carrera Cup France, but Dino led by the chicane. Behind, Charlie Eastwood also got alongside the pole sitter, but contact caused his car to leap into the air resulting in a puncture. Pushed wide, Dan Cammish emerged fifth ahead of Euan McKay in sixth. Further contact behind brought out the yellow flags, the casualties included JTR team mates Lewis Plato and Tio Ellinas.
Zamparelli led the field under safety car conditions for two laps and he made a good restart, defending from Alessio Rovera (Carrera Cup France), before losing out in a slipstreaming battle along the Mulsanne Straight. Rovera then led with Zamparelli in close attendance, but Cammish worked his way forwards, claiming the lead just before half distance on lap four.
Following the implementation of a slow zone on lap five, Zamparelli, who had found himself further back at this point, moved up to third spot. Cammish ran wide on the penultimate lap at the Michelin Chicane allowing Rovera through for the lead. Zamparelli closed up and the trio went into the final lap nose-to-tail. Heading into Indianapolis for the last time, Cammish swept to the outside of Rovera, putting him back into the lead. Quick to capitalise as Rovera recovered, Zamparelli went into second and shadowed Cammish through the final chicane to score a 1-2 finish for Carrera Cup GB after an intense Porsche Carrera Cup Le Mans.
In Pro-Am1, Alex Martin took the category win with sixth overall in the Carrera Cup GB standings. Justin Sherwood made up twelve places and claimed second in the category, ninth in the overall Carrera Cup GB standings. Once again taking the spoils in Pro-Am2 was Peter Kyle-Henney.
Cammish has increased his championship points lead in the Carrera Cup GB, but he will miss rounds eight and nine at Snetterton at the end of July, due to clashing dates with his 2017 Porsche Supercup campaign. This gives teammate Charlie Eastwood, and rival Dino Zamparelli a real chance to fight back.
Points Standings After Round 7:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||132 points|
|2.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||109 points|
|3.||Dino Zamparelli||JTR||96 points|
|1.||Justin Sherwood||Team Parker Racing||51 points|
|2.||Alex Martin||Team Parker Racing||48 points|
|3.||Graeme Mundy||Team Parker Racing||40 points|
|1.||Thomas Jennings||G-Cat Racing||54 points|
|2.||Peter Kyle-Henney||IN2 Racing||50 points|
|3.||Iain Dockerill||Asset Advantage Racing||42 points|