Carrera Cup GB: Cammish Drives to Double Victory at Knockhill
It was a flawless weekend in Scotland for reigning Porsche Carrera Cup champion, Dan Cammish of Redline Racing. Two pole positions, two fastest laps and two victories increased his lead in the championship to 44 points over his nearest rival, Dino Zamparelli.
In round 11, Cammish was dominant from the off, maintaining his pole position throughout the race. Backup in the form of second place man and Redline Racing team mate, Charlie Eastwood, no doubt helped. The Porsche GB 2016/2017 Scholar demonstrated his ever-growing ability, keeping Cammish in check throughout the race, maintaining a gap of around one second, with his fastest lap just 0.012 seconds slower than the champion. Speaking about his race, Charlie Eastwood said; “The car was great, we made a good start and it was just about settling into a rhythm. The backmarkers were really good and didn’t really affect things. It’s a long race here and Charlie had some good speed, but we had enough to cover him. I’m just looking to replicate that in the second race.”
Completing the podium in third was Tom Sharp (IDL Racing), gaining a place as Alessandro Latif (GT Marques) slipped back from the start. Championship contender, Dino Zamparelli of GT Marques didn’t pick up the result he’d have wanted, finishing sixth overall after fending off a charging Tom Oliphant in the closing stages of the race.
IN2 Racing’s Euan McKay celebrated his 21st birthday in style by taking the Pro-Am1 category victory. Pro-Am2 was won by Peter Kyle-Henney – his third victory in the class this season.
As with the previous round, it was all Dan Cammish’s to lose after he put his once again on pole. Eastwood followed closely, but for rookie Latif a slow start pushed him down the order as Tom Sharp was followed by Tom Oliphant into fourth and fifth. Up front, Cammish managed the pace, keeping Eastwood in check and finishing 2.7 seconds ahead of him. Cammish said; “We’ve dominated the weekend, the qualifying laps were great and in the races we got away from the front and got two fastest laps with the two wins. The gap is now 44 points to second in the championship, so I can afford to go to the next four races and be there or there abouts. It’s going to be a nice drive home.”
Sharp and Oliphant provided some of the best racing of the season so far, Oliphant passing Sharp into Duffus Dip on lap four to take third place. After establishing himself in the final podium position, a tiny mistake from Oliphant let Sharp back through, an advantage he maximised to good effect by establishing a small gap in return. However, on the penultimate lap a mistake from Sharp gave Oliphant the run into Duffus Dip, but the gain of place was short lived as Sharp powered back through on the inside of Leslie’s and held third to the flag. Dino Zamparelli repeated his round 11 performance, finishing sixth.
In Pro-Am1 Euan McKay continued his birthday celebrations by taking a second class victory, while in Pro-Am2 Mark Radcliffe of Intersport Racing took the class win – battling hard to take it after stalling on the line.
Points Standings After Rounds 10 & 11:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||239|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||GT Marques||195|
|3.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||179|
|1.||Euan McKay||IN2 Racing||120|
|2.||John McCullagh||Redline Racing||85|
|3.||Sean Hudspeth||Parr Motorsport||83|
|1.||Tautvydas Barstys||Juta Racing||106|
|2.||Peter Kyle-Henney||Parr Motorsport||100|
|3.||Mark Radcliffe||Intersport Racing||94|
With just four rounds remaining the championship form is beginning to reveal itself, while virtuoso performances continue to excite and enthral. The next chapter of the championship will take place on 17 and 18 September at Silverstone’s National circuit.