Carrera Cup GB Preview: Championship will reignite at Oulton Park
Following a six-week break the Carrera Cup GB season springs back into life this weekend at Oulton Park for rounds five and six. And there are two main men to watch…
Last time out the Carrera Cup GB supported the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, but the series resumes its support of the TOCA package at Oulton Park’s Island Circuit from this weekend. So far the 24 car grid has supplied its usual brand of exciting 911 racing, and two main contenders have emerged as championship favourites: defending champion Dan Cammish and new GT Porsche contributor, Dino Zamparelli. With three wins from four races (at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, Cammish looks on paper to have been the dominant force, but Zamparelli has been more than equal to him with one win and three fastest laps to his name. Currently just four championship points separate the duo at the top of the standings.
Zamparelli said: “We really needed Silverstone, it was a long race on a big circuit and we were right there at the end, pushing hard all the way. The car is really good and we’ll use our time to work on making sure we can be more consistent with our ultimate pace.” If Cammish and Zamparelli’s run of one-two finishes continues at Oulton Park, the pair will equal the all-time Carrera Cup GB record of six in a row, but there will be fierce competition behind them from the likes of Tom Oliphant, Lewis Plato, reigning Rookie Champion Tom Sharp and series regular Stephen Jelley. The 2016/17 Porsche Scholar Charlie Eastwood is also looking in impressive form, and the Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 contenders should also not be forgotten.
Dino Zamparelli’s #BristolBonnet:
Dino Zamparelli joins GT Porsche magazine as a regular columnist from our August 2016 issue onwards, and the insight the Carrera Cup GB championship hopeful will provide promises to be fascinating. But while following Dino’s progress online and in print is certainly interesting, the British driver also offers a fantastic package for his sponsors to engage further, it is called the #BristolBonnet.
The concept offers anyone the chance to be a real part of Dino’s journey by displaying a company logo or individual name on the bonnet of his Carrera Cup car for the duration of the season. But that’s not all, each sponsor receives a pair of entry tickets for one of the Carrera Cup GB race weekends, two passes to a special track day event where you and a guest receive hot laps with Dino in his 911 Cup car, a signed photo of the car displaying your artwork, and a monthly newsletter update. Finally, 10% of the fee will goes towards a track day for a local charity at the end of the year. The cost for the #BristolBonnet is just £500, which we think represents good value. Anyone interested in the #BristolBonnet can contact DinoZamparelli@live.co.uk.
Follow all the action from Oulton Park this weekend on ITV4, we’ll be bringing you a full report both online and in print soon. And don’t forget to look out for Dino’s column in GT Porsche from our August 2016 issue, in shops on 14th July.