Carrera Cup GB: Cammish Does The Double At Silverstone
2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion, Dan Cammish, boosted his strong start to the 2016 season at Silverstone, where the championship ran in support of the World Endurance Championship.
A snow covered Silverstone circuit greeted racers on Saturday morning, enough to force officials to abandon qualifying, instead forming the grid for Round Three of the Carrera Cup GB from the current Championship order. As such, Cammish led all 26 cars away on the Saturday from Dino Zamparelli and Tom Sharp, Justin Sherwood headed the Pro-Am1 category in 9th overall, Tautvydas Barstys led the Pro-Am2 runners in 16th position overall. A 50 / 50 split between those starting the race on wet or slick tyres ensured an action packed race.
Behind Cammish, Rookie Charlie Eastwood stormed from sixth to second in the early stages, displacing a sliding Zamparelli, but as the track dried, Zamparelli passed the Rookie and set after Cammish. However, just as had been the case at the season opener at Brands Hatch, Zamparelli could do no more than keep Cammish honest, finishing six seconds behind him come the final flag. Eastwood clinched the final podium spot. A battle between Tom Oliphant, recovering after an early spin, and team-mate Lewis Plato decided the Pro category win, with Oliphant emerging ahead. Euan McKay held off brother Dan to take the spoils in Pro-Am1. In Pro-Am2, Tautvydas Barstys finished a lap ahead of his nearest competition of Barrie Baxter.
On Sunday the weather was vastly improved for Round Four, but that did little to halt the charge of Redline Racing’s Cammish, who produced another masterful performance to make it two wins at Silverstone. Zamparelli took the fastest lap of the race, testament to just how hard he was pushing, but Cammish crossed the line first, just 0.6 seconds ahead. Cammish, had led the field away from the start and stayed there, but Zamparelli took some comfort at just how honest he kept him, he said: “Dan drove so well, but for us it was the first race on a long circuit where we have been really close to Dan. The car was great, and we needed this race as a platform to build on for the next rounds at Oulton Park.”
The 2016/17 Porsche Scholar and leading Rookie, Charlie Eastwood, again showed promise clinching the final podium spot. Behind him, Stephen Jelly, Tom Sharp and Tom Oliphant swapped places several times in the closing laps, Sharp came off best after Oliphant picked up a 0.5 second penalty for passing off the circuit. In Pro-Am1 brothers Euan and Dan McKay got into each other, the melee cost Justin Sherwood his race. John McCullagh came through to win the category, with a flying Sean Hudspeth in pursuit. Pro-Am2 leader Tautvydas Barstys was also caught up in the first lap incident, leaving Graeme Mundy to fend off Mark Radcliffe for the category win. Radcliffe’s performances over the Silverstone meeting earned him the Driver of the Weekend award, the Team of the Weekend award went to Redline Racing.
Points Standings After Rounds 3 & 4:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||81|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||GT Marques||77|
|3.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||56|
|1.||John McCullagh||Redline Racing||31|
|2.||Sean Hudspeth||Parr Motorsport||29|
|3.||Euan McKay||IN2 Racing||27|
|1.||Mark Radcliffe||Intersport Racing||33|
|2.||Tautvydas Barstys||Juta Racing||31|
|3.||Iain Dockerill||Asset Advantage Racing||30|
The next Porsche Carrera Cup GB races, rounds five and six, take place at Oulton Park on 4 and 5 June.