Carrera Cup GB: Eastwood And Zamparelli Win
Charlie Eastwood retook the championship lead after a win apiece with Zamparelli at Snetterton…
The start of round eight was clean as Charlie Eastwood led Dino Zamparelli, his hopes of a run around the outside of the pole sitter into the first corner were thwarted by a fast-starting Lewis Plato. Plato passed team mate Tio Ellinas before momentarily nosing ahead of Zamparelli, but Dino fought back to settle into second spot with Plato third, just ahead of Ellinas. And that’s how the positions stayed for the duration of the race, with the front runners trading tenths of a second in a tactical battle that saw Zamparelli sitting less than a second behind Eastwood at the flag.
The remaining battle in the Pro category was between Dan McKay and Scott Malvern, who was subbing for the absent Dan Cammish, eventually decided in Malvern’s favour on lap 11 after a small mistake by McKay. In Pro-Am1, Alex Martin surged into the category lead from the off, maintaining the lead for his fourth win of the season.
The standing start for round nine once more saw Eastwood make a perfect launch from pole, Zamparelli slotting into second while a two-corner battle ensued behind between Plato and Ellinas. Despite Plato making a strong attempt to pass his team mate, ultimately Ellinas successfully defended. Zamparelli set after Eastwood, initially pegging the gap then easing towards the leader. By lap four Zamparelli posted the fastest lap and by lap eight the pair were nose-to-tail, Zamparelli looked for an opportunity and it came on the penultimate lap.
When Eastwood momentarily locked his rear wheels under braking, running wide of the apex, Zamparelli capitalised. Zamparelli crossed the line one second ahead of Eastwood. Ellinas took his best result of the season in third. In Pro-Am1, Sherwood converted pole position into his second win of the season, Pro-Am2 once again provided spectacularly close racing, Kyle-Henney taking victory.
Both Eastwood and Zamparelli made the best of a weekend when they had to deliver maximum points with title leader Dan Commish away racing in Porsche Supercup, taking 38 apiece from a maximum of 40 available. Zamparelli’s win was not only his first in 2017, but the first for JTR in sportscar racing after making the decision late in 2016 to convert from single-seaters. Against the 38 points lost, Cammish is able to drop one score under the 2017 regulations.
Points Standings After Round 9:
|1.||Charlie Eastwood||Redline Racing||147 points|
|2.||Dino Zamparelli||JTR||134 points|
|3.||Dan Cammish||Redline Racing||132 points|
|1.||Justin Sherwood||Team Parker Racing||70 points|
|2.||Alex Martin||Team Parker Racing||67 points|
|3.||Graeme Mundy||Team Parker Racing||48 points|
|1.||Thomas Jennings||G-Cat Racing||68 points|
|2.||Peter Kyle-Henney||IN2 Racing||60 points|
|3.||Rupert Martin||Team Parker Racing||59 points|