Carrera Cup | Over 20 Drivers Already Registered for 2017 Season
Porsche Carrera Cup GB’s popularity is higher than ever – no more so than with drivers. Proving this in no uncertain terms is the fact that 20 drivers have already signed on to compete in the 2017 season of the UK’s fastest single marque championship – the highest number at this time in the year than ever. And with next season including a round alongside the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, it’s no surprise that not only drivers, but new teams are being attracted.
Headlining those coming back for more is 2015 and 2016 is Carrera Cup champion, Dan Cammish who will be competing for a hat-trick of back-to-back wins. He comes back driving with Stockton-on-Tees-based team, Redline Racing – an outfit with over 100 race victories in the competition. Adding to his burden will be the fact that he’ll be competing for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with Lechner Racing, which includes calendar clashes, adding to his already considerable workload.
Joining him is another champion from 2016 – Rookie driver’s title winner and Porsche GB Scholar, Charlie Eastwood. An overall race winner as well as rookie victor, the 21-year-old Northern Irishman will join Dan Cammish at Redline Racing once again, reforming their formidable double-act.
Redline Racing isn’t stopping there in its quest for championship domination, having signed brothers Euand and Dan McKay who step up from the Pro-Am1 category to join the Pros. In 2016 Euan took the Pro-Am1 title, chased closely by his brother who took runner-up.
There is a talented mix of newcomers to challenge the established names during 2017, adding unpredictability and intrigue to the season. After claiming two championship titles in the last three years, 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Tom Wrigley will take the next step in his career by joining the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro and Rookie categories with IN2 Racing. In a parallel move, Ginetta front-runner Jamie Orton will be entering the Pro and Rookie categories with Team Parker Racing, both drivers following in the footsteps of 2016 podium finisher Tom Oliphant who made a similar move last year.
Incoming Team, JTR, will no doubt show its potential as it is led by Porsche factory driver and 2015 Le Mans winner, Nick Tandy. The team has confirmed Lewis Plato as their first driver, the 23-year-old having finished third in the Rookie Championship in 2016. Other confirmed entries include the G-Cat Racing pairing of Shamus and Peter Jennings (Pro-Am2 and Pro-Am1 respectively), together with Pro-Am2 competitors Peter Parsons in the Race Car Centre entry and Iain Dockerill with Asset Advantage Racing , all podium finishers in their categories in 2016.
With all the off-track action already seen in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, and with the way it’s shaping up in terms of teams and drivers, we are looking forward to the continuation of the most enthralling single marque racing series, and more than likely, a new level of on-track action.