Carrera Cup GB: Zamparelli Fights Back
New GT Porsche contributor, Dino Zamparelli, put his championship challenge back on track at Croft with a clean sweep of two pole positions, two fastest laps and two race wins in rounds seven and eight of the Carrera Cup GB…
In race one Zamparelli made the perfect getaway from pole and never looked back, with a lights-to-flag victory. Behind him Tom Sharp and championship rival, Dan Cammish, battled in avoidance of Jonas Gelzinis – both slipping back into the pack as a result. Gelzinis, now second, was trailed by Stephen Jelley wth Porsche GB Scholar Charlie Eastwood in fourth spot, and that’s largely how things stayed. Cammish secured sixth-place from Bradley Ellis with a move at the Hairpin while Oliphant kept ahead to take fifth place when Cammish made an uncharacteristic error, and spun.
In Pro-Am1 Euan McKay converted his pole into a win, his brother Dan McKay collided with John McCullagh, the accident put Dan out of race two. Justin Sherwood and Sean Hudspeth enjoyed a race long dice but crossed the line in that order. In Pro-Am2 Peter Kyle-Henney took his first victory of 2016, keeping Tautvydas Barstys behind him. Mark Radcliffe took the final podium spot.
For race two at Croft Zamparelli was dominant once more, but he was chased all the way by rival Cammish, who had started fifth and made his way to the front. A heated battle for third between Sharp and Jelley was eventually won by Sharp, who kept ahead to secure the final podium position. In Pro-Am1 both McKay and Hudspeth ran amongst the Pro category drivers. Hudspeth was spun out of the lead by Bradley Ellis, which gave McKay the chance to take his fourth Pro-Am1 win in a row, Justin Sherwood was second with McCullagh third. In Pro-Am2 Peter Kyle-Henney spun gifting a fourth win of the season to Radcliffe, Kyle-Henney finished in second with Barstys in third – the Pro-Am2 title fight remains open.
With Zamparelli doing the double at Croft his championship challenge is now firmly back on track, he now sits just three points behind Cammish with half the season complete. The next meeting at Snetterton takes place on 30th-31st July and is sure to prove interesting as these both Zamparelli and Cammish push each other hard.
Points Standings After Rounds 7 & 8:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||152|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||GT Marques||149|
|3.||Stephen Jelley||Team Parker Racing||110|
|1.||Euan McKay||IN2 Racing||74|
|2.||Sean Hudspeth||Parr Motorsport||61|
|3.||John McCullagh||Redline Racing||60|
|1.||Tautvydas Barstys||Juta Racing||68|
|2.||Mark Radcliffe||Intersport Racing||67|
|3.||Peter Kyle-Henney||Parr Motorsport||63|
The next Porsche Carrera Cup GB meeting, rounds nine and ten, takes place at Snetterton on 30-31st July.