Carrera Cup GB: Eastwood Wins At Donington
Charlie Eastwood swept into the lead of the 2017 championship in fine style at Donington…
Following a dramatic qualifying session race one at Donington promised much, and it delivered. Porsche GB 2016 / 2017 Scholar, Charlie Eastwood, produced a lights to flag victory, the second win of his career in 911s. Behind Eastwood though his Redline Racing teammate (and reigning champion), Dan Cammish, started from 10th on the grid and gave what he described as one of the best performances of his career to finish on the podium.
Eastwood fended off an early charge from Lewis Plato, who later slipped back into the clutches of third-placed Dino Zamparelli, the ensuing battle allowed Tom Oliphant to close up on Zamparelli and challenge before being shuffled back in the close-running pack. Meanwhile, Cammish had steadily worked his way forward after passing two cars on the opening lap. Ahead, Zamparelli made a move on Plato while Cammish made it up to fourth. Cammish wasted no time in dispatching Plato, but couldn’t get close enough to a hard charging Zamparelli before the flag fell. Due to a technical infringement, both Zamparelli and Plato were excluded from the final results, promoting Cammish to second and a delighted Tom Wigley to his first Porsche podium in just his third race.
In his first appearance of 2017, Peter Jennings came through a race-long contest with Alex Martin to take his first Pro-Am1 category victory. In Pro-Am2, Peter Kyle-Henney managed to shrug off his Brands Hatch misfortune to convert his practice and qualifying pace into a strong category win.
In race two Eastwood converted his third championship pole position into an unchallenged drive to the flag for maximum points across the weekend. Behind him Plato and teammate Zamparelli fought with Oliphant, who subsequently passed Zamparelli. The pack fell into order, with Tio Ellinas hounding Zamparelli for fourth, and Oliphant looking racy behind Plato for second. Oliphant took second with a move on lap two, but Plato took the place back just one corner later, but a mistake for Plato at Coppice allowed Oliphant to reverse the positions once again and settle into second. Third placed Plato led Zamparelli and Ellinas as they battled for fourth. This allowed Euan McKay and Wrigley to close up, and brought a flying Cammish into play. Cammish had once more been relentlessly working his way through the field and by the fourth lap had already moved from 20th to 10th spot. Zamparelli once more halted his progress though, he finished third with Cammish an impressive fourth, Ellinas took fifth.
In Pro-Am1, Alex Martin managed to keep himself ahead of round three winner Jennings to take his second category win of the season, with Justin Sherwood in third. In Pro-Am2 category Kyle-Henney clinched the class win.
Rounds 5 and 6 of the Carrera Cup GB take place at Oulton Park on 20/21 May 2017.
Points Standings After Rounds 3 & 4:
|1.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||76 points|
|2.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||72 points|
|3.||Tom Oliphant||Redline Racing||47 points|
|1.||Alex Martin||Team Parker Racing||38 points|
|2.||Justin Sherwood||Team Parker Racing||32 points|
|3.||Graeme Mundy||Team Parker Racing||21 points|
|1.||David Fairbrother||Slidesports||19 points|
|2.||Rupert Martin||Team Parker Racing||28 points|
|3.||Thomas Jennings||G-Cat Racing||28 points|