Carrera Cup GB: Cammish and Eastwood Clash At Knockhill
Tensions ran high between title contenders Dan Cammish, Charlie Eastwood and Dino Zamparelli at Knockhill for rounds 10 and 11 of the Carrera Cup GB championship. Cammish led the field around for the rolling start of race one, he made a good start with Eastwood nearby positioned for a challenge. A hit from behind pushed Eastwood wide, Zamparelli capitalised and moved into second. Also making the best of the start were local brothers Dan and Euan McKay, Dan making the most progress into fourth from sixth, Euan up one place to fifth and pushing Dan hard. Losing out was Tom Oliphant, shuffled down to seventh behind Lewis Plato.
At the front Cammish and Zamparelli traded times, Eastwood settled into third. Through traffic Cammish extended his lead to around three seconds, before Zamparelli reduced it to just seven tenths of a second. At the flag Cammish had over two seconds in hand from Zamparelli. In Pro-Am1, all three drivers ran close together for the every one of the 32 laps, the win going to Alex Martin from Justin Sherwood in second, John McCullagh third. Pro-Am2 was also close, Peter Kyle-Henney took the victory from Iain Dockerill.
In a dramatic race two in Scotland Eastwood led from pole position, Cammish tucking in behind with Zamparelli nipping by Oliphant from the second row to occupy third. A safety car period followed, and when it ended on lap six Eastwood edged away from Cammish and Zamparelli. When the front runners hit traffic they were bunched up together, Zamparelli made a move on Cammish that didn’t come off, leaving the reigning champion to attack team mate Eastwood.
On the penultimate lap Cammish made a run on Eastwood, drawing alongside, Eastwood exited wide, causing Cammish to run onto the grass and make contact with the barriers, ending his race. Eastwood recovered in time to defend from Zamparelli, Dino ran wide at Taylors on the run to the flag. Oliphant, who had committed to a move around the outside, went onto the grass but recovered, albeit with an advertising hoarding wrapped around the front of his car, to take his second podium of the season.
After the race a steward’s inquiry that decided Eastwood should receive a 10-place grid penalty for round twelve, and furthermore that he should be docked three championship points. In Pro-Am1 Sherwood took the win from Martin, in Pro-Am2 Kyle-Henney took the lead at the start after pole-sitter Dockerill was forced to avoid as start line incident. Jennings came through for second with Dockerill third.
Points Standings After Round 11:
|1.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||180 points|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||JTR||172 points|
|3.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||152 points|
|1.||Justin Sherwood||Team Parker Racing||89 points|
|2.||Alex Martin||Team Parker Racing||86 points|
|3.||Graeme Mundy||Team Parker Racing||48 points|
|1.||Thomas Jennings||G-Cat Racing||85 points|
|2.||Peter Kyle-Henney||IN2 Racing||80 points|
|3.||Rupert Martin||Team Parker Racing||76 points|