Carrera Cup GB: Cammish Wins Season Opener
Reigning double Carrera Cup GB champion, Dan Cammish, got his 2017 title defence off to a flying start, winning both races at Brands Hatch – but he was given a run for his money…
A gap of just 0.086s, or just 3.6 metres, covered the top four cars in qualifying with Cammish on pole, which set the scene for the opening race of the season. Cammish and his Redline Racing team mate Charlie Eastwood got away cleanly from the rolling start, chased by the JTR duo of Lewis Plato and Dino Zamparelli from the second row. Eastwood’s attack on Cammish was thwarted by a necessary defence from a racy Plato, but Tom Oliphant chased Plato for third. Having pulled a pass on Oliphant and showing good pace, Zamparelli slipped back to fifth after a trip through the gravel. In their first Pro category start Euan and Dan McKay both showed pace, they finished sixth (Euan) and seventh (Dan).
Ross Wylie ended up sideways and being collected by an unsighted, and Pro-Am2 leading, Peter Kyle-Henney. The resulting contact put both drivers, and Jamie Orton, out of the race and brought out the Safety Car. In eighth overall, and winning Pro-Am1, was Greg Caton who came through the mid-field chaos to take his first category win. The returning Alex Martin made an early pass on team mate Justin Sherwood, the two taking second and third in category respectively. Iain Dockerill took his first Pro-Am2 category win, with Shamus Jennings shadowing him to the line. Peter Parsons snatched the final podium place.
For race two Cammish and Eastwood once again lined up on the front row, with Plato and Zamparelli behind. A puncture put Plato into a spin at the exit of Paddock Hill, Zamparelli, now third put on a charge, setting concurrent fastest laps, Oliphant slipped to fifth. Despite his best efforts, Zamparelli was hampered by traffic and had to settle for third spot. Former GP2 driver and Carrera Cup GB rookie, Tio Ellinas, put on a strong debut performance, he finished fifth after a battle with Oliphant, underlining his potential. Euan McKay finished in sixth, Dan in seventh. In Pro-Am1 Alex Martin came through to take his maiden win in the category, with Caton second and Justin Sherwood in third. In the Pro-Am2, Jennings was followed home by Peter Parsons with Rupert Martin scoring his first podium visit.
Cammish heads to Donington with the early advantage, but a parallel Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign means the reigning champion needs to build up a points cushion due to clashing weekends in July. Hot on his heels though are 2016 / 2017 Scholar and 2016 Rookie champion Charlie Eastwood, Dino Zamparelli and his JTR team mate Lewis Plato. The 2017 season may well be the trickiest yet for Dan Cammish.
Points Standings After Rounds 1 & 2:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||40|
|2.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||36|
|1.||Alex Martin||Team Parker Racing||19|
|2.||Greg Caton||C-Cat Racing||19|
|3.||Justin Sherwood||Team Parker Racing||16|
|1.||Shamus Jennings||G-Cat Racing||19|
|2.||Peter Parsons||Race Car Centre||17|
|3.||Rupert Martin||Team Parker Racing||15|