Porsche Carrera Cup | Cammish Sweeps to Victory at Silverstone
Emphatic drives in rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup sealed title victory for Dan Cammish in the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Victory in races 13 and 14 meant that with 282 points on the board – 59 ahead of nearest rival Dino Zamparelli – Cammish goes into the final round at Brands Hatch with an unassailable lead. His victory makes him only the third driver in Porsche Carrera Cup GB history to secure back-to-back championships.
In addition to his solo success, Cammish’s team, Redline Racing, took victory in the constructor’s title, while fellow team member, Charlie Eastwood, claimed the 2016 Rookie title.
Cammish put his GT3 on pole for the first race at Silverstone and made the perfect start, surging ahead from the field and posting the fastest lap during the meeting to boot. His race was a fairly uneventful one, allowing him to take an easy win. Behind him the title contenders battled to maintain their hopes of ultimate victory. Stephen Jelley briefly took second place from Tom Oliphant before a signature move from Oliphant around the outside saw him reclaim the place. With one more challenge from Jelley at Brooklands rebuffed, Oliphant strode to a strong second place and a long-overdue podium finish for the rapid newcomer. While Jelly ultimately finished fourth, Dino Zamparelli fought hard to take fifth, keeping his hopes alive for the time being at least.
In Pro-Am1, Dan McKay never looked under threat, taking ninth overall and his second category win of 2016. Brother Euan had a fantastic duel with Sean Hudspeth for most of the 28 laps, resolved in McKay’s favour when Hudspeth spun at Copse after the pair had swapped places at least three times. Hudspeth recovered to fourth, leaving Justin Sherwood to take the final podium place.
Peter Kyle-Henney maintained his stranglehold on the Pro-Am2 category, taking the category win with an almost ten second margin. Mark Radcliffe did his championship hopes no harm in second, with Tautvydas Barstys maintaining a slender championship advantage in third.
Despite strong showings from both Zamparelli and Jelly, neither could deny Cammish his 11th win of the season, equalling his 2015 win tally. It wasn’t all plain sailing this time, however, as Jelly looked racy on lap one making Cammish defend his lead. However, for Cammish help was at hand as Dino Zamparelli challenged jelly, forcing him to shift his focus from attack to defence. Despite a mid-race safety car that bunched the field, Cammish made a superb restart while Jelley managed to hold off a racy Zamparelli over the final laps to take second place, the Bristol driver finishing in third. Charlie Eastwood started the race on worn tyres but still fought his way up to fourth place.
Continuing his run of good form, Dan McKay took his sixth consecutive podium and second consecutive win in Pro-Am1, while brother Euan, newly crowned category champion, followed him home in second. Sherwood once again made the podium, after a spin for Hudspeth in the early stages saw him drop to fourth.
Some of the best race action came from the Pro-Am2 category. Shamus Jennings took his first win of the season with a fine drive, defending all the way from Iain Dockerill. A second-time visitor to the podium, Barrie Baxter recovered well after dropping to the back of the pack to take third. Category leader Barstys held on to fourth after main contenders Kyle-Henney and Radcliffe came together at Luffield, both drivers going no further and bringing out safety car.
Points Standings After Rounds 13 & 14:
|1.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||282|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||GT Marques||223|
|3.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||209|
|1.||Euan McKay||IN2 Racing||140|
|2.||John McCullagh||Redline Racing||97|
|3.||Sean Hudspeth||Parr Motorsport||97|
|1.||Tautvydas Barstys||Juta Racing||121|
|2.||Peter Kyle-Henney||Parr Motorsport||114|
|3.||Mark Radcliffe||Intersport Racing||103|
Two rounds remain in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and despite victories being sealed in the overall points standings and Pro-Am 1 categories, in Pro-Am 2 is all to play for with Barstys, Kyle-Henny and Radcliffe all in the running. The final meeting takes place at Brands Hatch GP on October 1st and 2nd.