Carrera Cup GB: Clean Sweep For Cammish At Oulton
The Carrera Cup GB returned to action this weekend at Oulton Park. It was business as usual for defending champion Dan Cammish with a clean sweep for the weekend of two pole positions, two fastest laps and two race wins…
In race one Cammish found himself following series stalwart Stephen Jelley, after a bold move by Jelley to overtake him into turn one. The pair soon began trading fastest laps at the front of the pack. Right behind them Charlie Eastwood and Tom Oliphant occupied third and fourth spots respectively, while new GT Porsche contributor and championship hopeful, Dino Zamparelli ran in fifth. Jonas Gelzinis and Lewis Plato were not far behind Zamparelli.
As Cammish chased Jelley there didn’t appear to be much between them. While lapping slower traffic Jelley was wrong-footed and ended up on the grass to avoid an accident, and that was the invitation Cammish needed to sweep into first position. Once in free air the championship leader immediately set the fastest lap of the race. Jelley pegged the gap at 0.5 seconds but further changes of position were halted when Pro-Am2 driver Peter Parsons crashed bringing out the red flag. Parsons was unscathed, but the race was halted given that just five minutes were left to run.
Further back in Pro-Am1, Euan McKay led the category to the flag with his brother Dan McKay far enough behind not the threaten him. In Pro-Am2 Mark Radcliffe, Peter Kyle-Henney and Adrian Barwick could barely be separated and crossed the line in that order.
For race two Jelley started alongside Cammish once more. Cammish made a great start though and never looked back, building up an eight second lead from the pursuing Jelley come the end of the race. For really close racing though you didn’t have to look too far back. Dino Zamparelli put the disappointments of qualifying behind him to advance through the pack, challenging Lewis Plato for the final podium spot. Zamparelli made his move on Plato at the end of lap 14, getting a run him and clinching third spot.
Further back Rookie Euan McKaym took the Pro-Am1 category spoils, keeping Sean Hudspeth behind him for the duration of the race, the 200th for Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2. An early spin had relegated Dan McKay to the back of the pack, but he charged back through to take third place. In the Pro-Am2 category Shamus Jennings was on form, but Jennings was passed during some exciting racing by Tautvydas Barstys, who took the class victory.
Cammish’s fifth win from six races in 2016 means he now sits pretty at the top of the championship standings with a 20-point lead over Zamparelli, Cammish said: “It’s good for the championship and I needed a weekend like this to give me breathing space. Now it means I can even afford a DNF, but we were really strong at Croft last year.” Rounds seven and eight take place two weeks from now at Croft circuit in Yorkshire, Cammish’s home venue.
Points Standings After Rounds 5 & 6:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||125|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||GT Marques||105|
|3.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||84|
|1.||Euan McKay||IN2 Racing||50|
|2.||Sean Hudspeth||Parr Motorsport||46|
|3.||John McCullagh||Redline Racing||45|
|1.||Tautvydas Barstys||Juta Racing||49|
|2.||Mark Radcliffe||Intersport Racing||49|
|3.||Iain Dockerill||Asset Advantage Racing||43|
The next Porsche Carrera Cup GB meeting, rounds seven and eight, take place at Croft on 17-19 June.