Carrera Cup GB Heads Into Title Showdown
Brands Hatch circuit in Kent will host the final two rounds of the 2017 Carrera Cup GB championship this weekend. The JTR team’s Dino Zamparelli and Redline Racing’s Charlie Eastwood are tied on points for driver championship honours… The meeting will also mark the final appearance in Carrera Cup GB of the first generation 991 GT3 Cup cars.
Having taken a double victory at Silverstone, Zamparelli has brought himself into contention for top championship honours, with the application of one dropped score Eastwood has a slender advantage. A two point gap between the top placings means Zamparelli would need to win both races, with Eastwood second, to take the championship, equal on points but with a higher number of wins. Otherwise, Zamparelli needs to finish ahead of Eastwood by two places to guarantee the result. Eastwood has the easier task, finish ahead of Zamparelli or just behind if another driver takes the win.
Eastwood’s teammate, reigning champion Dan Cammish, is the only other driver who enters the final two rounds with a mathematical chance of the overall crown. However, his 32 point gap will be almost impossible to close. Despite missing two rounds due to a clash of dates with his 2017 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign, and being forced to retire in another two, a consistent run of six wins from thirteen races has left Cammish with a slim shot at an unprecedented third title.
Brands Hatch Grand Prix holds good memories for Eastwood, in 2016 he took his first victory there, Zamparelli has finished in the top three in each of his four visits. But there will be plenty of other drivers looking to end their seasons on a high note, which might influence the title fight. Amongst them Lewis Plato has enjoyed a string of strong finishes this year, so too Tio Ellinas, who secured the 2017 Carrera Cup GB Rookie Championship last time out with his best performance to date. Battles in Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 look set to be equally nail biting.
Furthermore, during the weekend lunch breaks at Brands Hatch currently scheduled from 13.25 to 14.00 on Saturday 30 September and 12.15 to 12.55 on Sunday 1 October, the Porsche 919 Hybrid will be demonstrating its three-time Le Mans-winning design and technology to the attending race fans. The 2017 919 Hybrid will be demonstrated around the Kent circuit by British factory Porsche driver and 2015 Le Mans winner, Nick Tandy.
With three races remaining in the 2017 WEC season, the Porsche Team currently leads the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. For 2018, the Porsche motorsport strategy changes gear and leaves the top category of the WEC. The future focus will be an expanded focus on GT racing with the 911, and Formula E from 2019.
Rounds fourteen and fifteen take place on Sunday 1 October, round fourteen at 10:40 with round thirteen live on ITV4 at 16:15. Tickets are still available for both days via the Brands Hatch website – if you can get there in person you’re sure not to be disappointed.